The Improvement of the Mind: To which is Added, a Discourse on the Education of Children and Youth

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J. Walker and Company, 1814 - Education - 486 pages
 

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I don't know if I dare write a review of this book. It was so excellent, those chapters I devoured; but, if truth be fully told, his writings so convicted me not to recommend a book that I haven't read full-weight from cover-to-cover myself that to do so "might would" be a sin. From what I have read though, it was pithy, meaty, and delicious but I tend to be an overeader (another area to which Professor Watts warns). "It was good". There. There is my review. Watts writes like D. Sayers and J. Edwards: they go on and on like a gregarious grandma and like I'm starting to... S. Betten 

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Page 466 - My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning.
Page 437 - Hail, wedded love, mysterious law, true source Of human offspring, sole propriety In Paradise, of all things common else. By thee adulterous lust was driven from men Among the bestial herds to range : by thee Founded in reason, loyal, just, and pure, Relations dear, and all the charities . Of father, son, and brother, first were known.
Page viii - ... his mind and aid his restoration to health; to yield him, whenever he chose them, most grateful intervals from his laborious studies, and enable him to return to them with redoubled vigour and delight.
Page 465 - Behold, I cry out of wrong, but I am not heard : I cry aloud, but there is no judgment.
Page 82 - What shall we say then ? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound ? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein...
Page x - Few men have left behind such purity of character, or such monuments of laborious piety. He has provided instruction for all ages; from those who are lisping their first lessons, to the enlightened readers of Malebranche and Locke; he has left neither corporeal nor spiritual nature unexamined; he has taught the art of reasoning, and the science of the stars.
Page 474 - Thou shalt not make to thyself any graven image, nor the likeness of any thing that, is in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, or in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down to them, nor worship them...
Page 150 - Who sees with equal eye, as God of all, A hero perish, or a sparrow fall, Atoms or systems into ruin hurled, And now a bubble burst, and now a world.
Page 205 - Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona; for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father who is in heaven.
Page 185 - Sounds which address the ear are lost and die In one short hour ; but that which strikes the eye Lives long upon the mind; the faithful sight Engraves the knowledge with a beam of light.

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