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The Persistent Child
THE Persistent Child's relatives dread his visits. Instead of planning to interest him their hope is that he will not take a violent fancy to anything, for they know that thing he will have, no matter how much they may object.
Through Fear to Confidence
Through fear to confidence --- it is the natural way. A chrysalis must break through its protecting covering when its time comes, or it will stay forever without wings. So must a child cast aside the fear of an ignorant and dependent babyhood in order to emerge into greater freedom.
Through Reticence to Self-Expression
So, without injury to his fine reticence, may we send a child into the Primary Department able in some measure to express his thoughts and his feelings.
Through Egoism to Consideration
THE little child who comes to us is absorbed in himself. He is not an egotist but he is an egoist, and naturally so. His first business in the world is to get acquainted with his own capabilities and exercise his own powers. However, we do not want him to leave us without some consideration for other people.
Through Dependence to Independence
THE little child comes to us dependent; indeed, this is a large part of his charm. A self-reliant four-year-old is an anomaly that does not appeal to the imagination. No more does a child of six who has grown in body but not in efficiency.
Through Petulance to Poise
Why were the saints, saints? Because they were cheerful when it was difficult to be cheerful, and patient when it was difficult to be patient; and because they pushed on when they wanted to stand still, and kept silent when they wanted to talk, and were agreeable when they wanted to be disagreeable. That was all. It was quite simple and always will be.
Through Affection to Appreciation
IS a little child affectionate by nature? This seems an easy question to answer, till we hear that some psychologists contend true affection does not appear till adolescence. This arises, I suppose, from the theory that in the teens the appeal to idealistic service is strong, while in earlier years love expresses itself in the wish for physical nearness and in response to benefits received.
Through Obstinacy to Persistence
EVERY teacher of Beginners is well acquainted with the child who will not march, who objects to parting with his pennies, who refuses to play and who is silent during the songs.
Through Imagination to Sympathy
A DICTIONARY definition of sympathy is - The quality of being affected by the state or condition of another with feelings correspondent in kind.
Through Activity to Helpfulness
Yet the law of growth is activity, and normal children are by nature full of movement. To suppress them is not only cruel; it is stupid. The world has work to be done. The untrained energy that is so objectionable to most adults is the raw material out of which work is made.
Abraham Lincoln - A President's Childhood
ABRAHAM LINCOLN'S forefathers were pioneers—men who left their homes to open up the wilderness and make the way plain for others to follow them. For one hundred and seventy years, ever since the first American Lincoln came from England to Massachusetts in 1638, they had been moving slowly westward as new settlements were made in the forest.
Abraham Lincoln - Captain Lincoln
BY this time the Lincoln homestead was no longer on the frontier. During the years that passed while Abraham was growing from a child, scarcely able to wield the ax placed in his hands, into a tall, capable youth, the line of frontier settlements had been gradually but steadily pushing on beyond Gentryville toward the Mississippi River.
Abraham Lincoln - Lawyer Lincoln
UNLUCKY as Lincoln's attempt at store-keeping had been, it served one good purpose. Indeed, in a way it may be said to have determined his whole future career. He had had a hard struggle to decide between becoming a blacksmith or a lawyer ; and when chance seemed to offer a middle course, and he tried to be a merchant, the wish to study law had certainly not faded from his mind.
Abraham Lincoln - Congressman Lincoln
His career in Congress, while adding little to his fame at the time, proved of great advantage to him in after life, for it gave him a close knowledge of the workings of the Federal Government, and brought him into contact with political leaders from all parts of the Union.
Abraham Lincoln - The Champion Of Freedom
FOR four or five years after his return from Congress, Lincoln remained in Springfield, working industriously at his profession. He was offered a law partnership in Chicago, but declined on the ground that his health would not stand the confinement of a great city.
Abraham Lincoln - The New President
Amid the thundering of cannon and the applause of all the spectators, President Lincoln and Citizen Buchanan again entered their carriage and drove back from the Capitol to the Executive Mansion, on the threshold of which Mr. Buchanan, warmly shaking the hand of his successor, expressed his wishes for the personal happiness of the new President, and for the national peace and prosperity.
Abraham Lincoln - Lincoln And The War
The loss of the battle of Bull Run was a bitter disappointment to him. He saw that the North was not to have the easy victory it anticipated; and to him personally it brought a great and added care that never left him during the war. Up to that time the North had stood by him as one man in its eager resolve to put down the rebellion.
Abraham Lincoln - Unsuccessful Generals
SO far Mr. Lincoln's new duties as President had not placed him at any disadvantage with the members of his cabinet. On the old question of slavery he was as well informed and had clearer ideas than they.
Abraham Lincoln - Freedom For The Slaves
BY no means the least of the evils of slavery was a dread which had haunted every southern household from the beginning of the government that the slaves might one day rise in revolt and take sudden vengeance upon their masters. This vague terror was greatly increased by the outbreak of the Civil War.
Abraham Lincoln - The Man Who Was President
THE way Mr. Lincoln signed this most important state paper was thoroughly in keeping with his nature. He hated all shams and show and pretense, and being absolutely without affectation of any kind, it would never have occurred to him to pose for effect while signing the Emancipation Proclamation or any other paper.
Abraham Lincoln - The Turning Point Of The War
IN the summer of 1863 the Confederate armies reached their greatest strength. It was then that, flushed with military ardor, and made bold by what seemed to the southern leaders an un-broken series of victories on the Virginia battle-fields, General Lee again crossed the Potomac River, and led his army into the North.
Abraham Lincoln - The Conqueror Of A Great Rebellion
THE presidential election of 1864 took place on November 8. The diary of one of the President's secretaries contains a curious record of the way the day passed at the Executive Mansion.
Abraham Lincoln - The Fourteenth Of April
REFRESHED in body by his visit to City Point, and greatly cheered by the fall of Richmond, and unmistakable signs that the war was over, Mr. Lincoln went back to Washington intent on the new task opening before him—that of restoring the Union, and of bringing about peace and good will again between the North and the South.
Guessing And Believing
IN the very statement of the question, What should I believe? (or phrase it otherwise, as we will) certain relations are implied to the two other questions and their answers, which have been considered in the preceding volumes of this series.
The So-called Will To Believe
THE brilliant writer on psychology, whose name has been most conspicuously connected with the phrase chosen for the title to this Chapter, announced his doctrine in a paper read some twenty years ago before the Philosophical Club of Yale University.
Lesser And Greater Beliefs
THAT the various beliefs and faiths of men differ greatly in their weight and value is amply proved by our experience with them and by the language employed in describing them. This is true whether we take the individual or the racial and social point of view.
Rights And Obligations Of Belief
THE discovery that all the greater beliefs enter as factors into the very substance of the Self — that is, help to form the constitution and to set the conditions for the successful development of the personal life, - has given us a valuable clue to the answer of the practical question: What should I believe.
Comforts And Rewards Of Right Belief
THOSE attitudes of mind, whether toward things, truths, or persons, which we ordinarily describe by such words as confidence, reliance, belief, or faith, are in general characterized by a peculiar feeling of comfort.
Beliefs, Scientific And Social
THAT belief and knowledge are inextricably mingled and dependently related in all mental development, both that of the individual and that of the race, is a thesis which by this time should need no further evidence advanced in its support.
The Faiths Of Morality
FROM this time onward the word faith will be more frequently employed than the word belief in discussion of the various problems falling under the answer to the main inquiry, What should I Believe? The reasons for this change in the usage of terms are chiefly these two.
The Faiths Of Religion
THE psychology of faith is prepared to make the most important contributions to the understanding of the phenomena of religion, whether as a personal life or as a historical development.
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