Letters on the Elementary Principles of Education, Volume 1
This work presents a series of letters by the author which address education principles. The letters explore the topics of: perception, attention, conception, judgment, imagination & taste abstraction, and reflection. The author's first letter discusses the necessity of obtaining a knowledge of our intellectual faculties, and how this knowledge is acquired. A short analysis of the plan to be pursued is also included.
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Page 196 - As the strength of the body lies chiefly in being able to endure hardships, so also does that of the mind. And the great principle and foundation of all virtue and worth is placed in this, that a man is able to deny himself his own desires, cross his own inclinations, and purely follow what reason directs as best, though the appetite lean the other way.
Page 237 - When a rich man is fallen, he hath many helpers: he speaketh things not to be spoken, and yet men justify him : the poor man slipped, and yet they rebuked him too; he spake wisely, and could have no place. When a rich man speaketh, every man holdeth his tongue, and look, what he saith, they extol it to the clouds : but if the poor man speak, they say, What fellow is this?
Page 127 - For that which I do I allow not : for what I would, that do I not ; but what I hate, that do I.
Page 247 - But's happier than me : For I have known The luscious sweets of plenty; every night Have slept with soft content about my head, And never wak'd but to a joyful morning ; Yet now must fall like a full ear of corn, Whose blossom 'scap'd, yet's wither'd in the ripening.
Page 238 - Blessed is the rich that is found without blemish, and hath not gone after gold. Who is he? And we will call him blessed: for wonderful things hath he done among his people.
Page 243 - But the subjects of the Byzantine empire, who assume and dishonour the names both of Greeks and Romans, present a dead uniformity of abject vices, which are neither softened by the weakness of humanity nor animated by the vigour of memorable crimes.
Page 306 - All fame is foreign but of true desert, Plays round the head, but comes not to the heart: One self-approving hour whole years outweighs Of stupid starers and of loud huzzas; And more true joy Marcellus exiled feels, Than Caesar with a senate at his heels. In parts superior what advantage lies? Tell (for you can) what is it to be wise ? 'Tis but to know how little can be known, To see all others...
Page 18 - It is only upon a philosophical analysis of the mind, that a systematical plan can be founded for the accomplishment of either of these purposes. There are few individuals whose education has been conducted in every respect with attention and judgment. Almost every man of reflection is conscious, when he arrives at maturity, of many defects in his mental powers ; and of many inconvenient habits, which might have been prevented or remedied in his infancy or youth. Such a consciousness is the first...
Page 82 - Gratifications of the will without the consequent expected pleasure, disappointments of it without the consequent expected pain, are here particularly useful to us. And it is by this, amongst other means, that the human will is brought to a conformity with the Divine, which is the only radical cure for all our evils and disappointments, and the only earnest medium for obtaining everlasting happiness.
Page 251 - Providence to contribute to its realization. Let her reflect, how much the proper education of one single family may eventually contribute towards it ; and that while the fruits of her labours are a rich harvest of peace, happiness, and virtue, which may descend through generations yet unborn, she will herself enjoy a glorious and eternal reward. It is because they are hopeless of being able to stem the torrent by individual exertion, that individuals permit themselves to be carried down by the stream...