Letters on the Elementary Principles of Education



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104 ページ - The curfew tolls the knell of parting day, The lowing herd wind slowly o'er the lea, The plowman homeward plods his weary way, And leaves the world to darkness and to me. Now fades the glimmering landscape on the sight, And all the air a solemn stillness holds, Save where the beetle wheels his droning flight, And drowsy tinklings lull the distant folds; Save that from yonder ivy-mantled...
9 ページ - The understanding, like the eye, whilst it makes us see and perceive all other things, takes no notice of itself: And it requires art and pains to set it at a distance, and make it its own object.
134 ページ - Unargued I obey : so God ordains; God is thy law, thou mine: to know no more Is woman's happiest knowledge and her praise.
20 ページ - Yet empty of all good, wherein consists Woman's domestic honour and chief praise; Bred only and completed to the taste Of lustful appetence, to sing, to dance, To dress, and troll the tongue, and roll the eye...
11 ページ - ... curiosity, and to direct it to proper objects ; to exercise their ingenuity and invention ; to cultivate in their minds a turn for speculation, and at the same time preserve their attention alive to the objects around them ; to awaken their sensibilities to the beauties of nature, and to inspire them with a relish "for intellectual enjoyment ; — these form but a part of the business of education...
61 ページ - How much the imperfection of accurately discriminating ideas one from another lies either in the dulness or faults of the organs of sense ; or want of acuteness, exercise, or attention, in the understanding ; or hastiness and precipitancy, natural to some tempers...
11 ページ - To instruct youth in the languages and in the sciences, is comparatively of little importance, if we are inattentive to the habits they acquire ; and are not careful in giving, to all their different faculties, and all their different principles of action, a proper degree of employment.
85 ページ - It is of so great moment, that where it is wanting, all the rest of our faculties are in great measure useless: and we in our thoughts, reasonings, and knowledge, could not proceed beyond present objects, were it not for the assistance of our memories, wherein there may be two defects.
26 ページ - Whoever reflects on what passes in his own mind, cannot miss it; and if he does not reflect, all the words in the world cannot make him have any notion of it.
216 ページ - The mathematical sciences, and particularly arithmetic, geometry, and mechanicks, abound with these advantages : and if there were nothing valuable in them for the uses of human life, yet the very speculative parts of this sort of learning are well worth our study ; for by perpetual examples they teach us to conceive with clearness, to...