Children generally hate to be idle.—All the care then should be, that their busy humor should be constantly employed in something that is of use to them.
Fortitude I take to be the quiet possession of a man’s self, and an undisturbed doing his duty whatever evils beset, or dangers lie in the way.—In itself an essential virtue, it is a guard to every other virtue.
Every man has a property in his own person; this nobody has a right to but himself.
Error is not a fault of our knowledge, but a mistake of our judgment giving assent to that which is not true.
Where all is but dream, reasoning and arguments are of no use, truth and knowledge nothing.
So difficult it is to show the various meanings and imperfections of words when we have nothing else but words to do it with.
Some persons depress their own minds, despond at the first difficulty, and conclude that making any progress in knowledge, further than serves their ordinary business, is above their capacity.
Kind words prevent a good deal of that perverseness which rough and imperious usage often produces in generous minds.
He that has found a way to keep a child’s spirit easy, active, and free, and yet at the same time to restrain him from many things he has a mind to, and to draw him to things that are uneasy to him, has, in my opinion, got the true secret of education.
Habits work more constantly and with greater force than reason, which, when we hare most need of it, is seldom fairly consulted, and more rarely obeyed.
Reverie is when ideas float in our mind without reflection or regard of the understanding.
I can tell you how to get what you want: You’ve just got to keep a thing in view and go for it and never let your eyes wander to right or left or up or down. And looking back is fatal.
Topics: Goals, Aspirations
Virtue is everywhere that which is thought praiseworthy; and nothing else but that which has the allowance of public esteem is called virtue.
If by gaining knowledge we destroy our health, we labour for a thing that will be useless in our hands.
The Care therefore of every man’s Soul belongs unto himself, and is to be left unto himself. But what if he neglect the Care of his Soul?. I answer, What if he neglects the Care of his Health, or of his Estate, which things are nearlier related to the Government of the Magistrate than the other?. Will the magistrate provide by an express Law, That such an one shall not become poor or sick?. Laws provide, as much as is possible, that the Goods and Health of Subjects be not injured by the Fraud and Violence of others; they do not guard them from the Negligence or Ill-husbandry of the Possessors themselves
But there is only one thing which gathers people into seditious commotion, and that is oppression
Logic is the anatomy of thought.
Had the King of Spain employed the hands of his people, and his Spanish iron so, he had brought to light but little of that treasure that lay so long hid in the dark entrails of America.
The Bible is one of the greatest blessings bestowed by God on the children of men.—It has God for its author; salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture for its matter.—It is all pure, all sincere; nothing too much; nothing wanting.
All the arts of rhetoric, besides order and clearness, are for nothing else but to insinuate wrong ideas, move the passions, and thereby mislead the judgment.
Curiosity in children is but an appetite for knowledge. One great reason why children abandon themselves wholly to silly pursuits and trifle away their time insipidly is, because they find their curiosity balked, and their inquiries neglected.
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