Advice to the Teens; Or, Practical Helps Towards the Formation of One's Own Character

Rest Fenner, 1818 - 194 σελίδες

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Σελίδα 72 - The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it.
Σελίδα 35 - Accustom yourself, therefore, to thinking. Set yourself to understand whatever you see or read. To join thinking with reading is one of the first maxims, and one of the easiest operations.
Σελίδα 113 - The very presence of a respectable female will often restrain those from evil, whose hearts are nevertheless full of it. It is not easy to talk, or to look obscenely, or even to behave with rudeness and ill manners under such restraint.
Σελίδα 34 - The constitution may be fixed, while the judgment is immature ; the limbs may be strong, while the reasoning is feeble. Many who can run, and jump, and bear any fatigue, can not observe, can not examine, can not reason or judge, contrive or execute, — because they do not think.
Σελίδα 120 - Now 127 shall I have to conduct my sisters home. I wish they would not go out. I hate to dance after them of all persons." To gallant a sister, in such a case, is her due. You are paying respect to yourself, when you suppose you are capable of, and suitable for such a service. She could, perhaps, come home very well by herself; but it would be a sad reflection on you were she to do so. She knows your honour and interest better.
Σελίδα 35 - ... better than to read the whole, where mere reading is the only object. If the work does not set you to thinking, either you or the author must be very deficient. 3. Great stores of knowledge are in some cases accumulated without making the man wise ; because, though he has read, and remembers perhaps, he has never duly considered. It is most conducive to health to let one meal digest before we take another ; it might be equally beneficial not to take up another book, perhaps not to pass to another...
Σελίδα 36 - To sit five minutes utterly vacant, is not easy, even to minds the most absent. But to mark the various fancies which flit across the imagination, though a duty, a pleasure of high degree, is what we often neglect. To cure this negligence is the object of this chapter. Be not indolent, be not careless, watch your own thoughts, it will teach you the art of thinking. Accustom yourself to set them each to their proper service. You will have more work done, and better. Mind can work upon itself, and...
Σελίδα 117 - ... a man must go round through a train of argumentation to discover. Their tact is delicate, and therefore quicker in operation. Sometimes, it is true, their judgment will be not only prompt, but hasty and not well formed. Your own judgment must assist you here. Do not, however, proudly despise hers, but examine it ; it will generally well repay the trouble : and the habit of deferring to her opinion will generate in you much consideration, much self-command, much propriety of conduct. Well do we...
Σελίδα 117 - Endeavor to restore familiar connexion with her. Whatever judgment your father may have, and far be it from me to undervalue it, yet your mother's opinion is not only another help to your own, but, as a woman's, it has its peculiar character, and may have its appropriate value. Women sometimes see at a glance what a man must go round through a train of argumentation to discover. Their tact is delicate, and therefore quicker in operation. Sometimes, it is true, their judgment will be not only prompt,...
Σελίδα 118 - Have you a sister? — Have you several of them? Then you are favorably situated; especially if one of them is older than yourself. She has done playing with dolls, and you with bats and balls. She is more womanly; her carriage becomes dignified. Do not oblige her, by your boyish behavior, to keep you at a distance. Try to deserve the character of her friend. She will sometimes look to you for little services, which require strength and agility; let her look up to you for judgment, steadiness, and...

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