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Home Power
HOME is the first and most important school of character. It is there that every human being receives his best moral training, or his worst; for it is there that he imbibes those principles of conduct which endure through manhood, and cease only with life.
Homes The Best Schools
THE good home is the best of schools, not only in youth but in age. There young and old best learn cheerfulness, patience, self-control, and the spirit of service and of duty.
Mothers Of Great Lawyers And Statesmen
AMONG statesmen, lawyers and divines, we find marked mention made of the mothers of Lord Chancellors Bacon, Erskine, and Brougham all women of great ability, and, in the case of the first, of great learning; as well as of the mothers of Canning, Curran and President Adams of Herbert, Paley and Wesley.
Women And Business Habits
The idea has, however, heretofore prevailed, that women have no concern with such matters, and that business habits and qualifications relate to men only. Take, for instance, the knowledge of figures.
Companionship And Example
THE natural education of the Home is prolonged far into life indeed, it never entirely ceases. But the time arrives, in the progress of years, when the home ceases to exercise an exclusive influence on the formation of character; and it is succeeded by the more artificial education of the school, and the companionship of friends and comrades, which continue to mould the character by the powerful influence of example.
Power Of Good Example
COMMUNICATION with the good is invariably productive of good. The good character is diffusive in his influence.
Young Men's Heroes
On the contrary, small and ungenerous minds can not admire heartily. To their own great misfortune, they can not recognize, much less reverence, great men and great things. The mean nature admires meanly. The toad's highest idea of beauty is his toadness.
Influence Of Character
CHARACTER is one of the greatest motive powers in the world. In its noblest embodiments it exemplifies human nature in its, highest forms, for it exhibits man at his best.
Character And Circumstances
CHARACTER is formed by a variety of minute circumstances, more or less under the regulation and control of the individual. Not a day passes without its discipline, whether for good or for evil. There is no act, however trivial, but has its train of consequences, as there is no hair so small but casts its shadow.
Reverence For Great Men
IT is natural to admire and revere really great men. They hallow the nation to which they belong, and lift up not only all who live in their time, but those who live after them. Their great example becomes the common heritage of their race; and their great deeds and great thoughts are the most glorious of legacies to mankind.
Work
WORK is one of the best educators of practical character. It evokes and disciplines obedience, self-control, attention, application, and perseverance; giving a man deftness and skill in his special calling, and aptitude and dexterity in dealing with the affairs of ordinary life.
Dignity Of Work
The habit of constant useful occupation is as essential for the happiness and well-being of woman as of man. Without it women are apt to sink into a state of listless ennui and uselessness, accompanied by sick-headache and attacks of nerves.
Working Geniuses
THE idea has been entertained by some that business habits are incompatible with genius.
Speculative And Practical Ability
At the same time, it must be acknowledged that too exclusive a devotion to imaginative and philosophical literature, especially if prolonged in life until the habits become formed, does to a great extent incapacitate a man for the business of practical life. Speculative ability is one thing, and practical ability another.
Courage
THE world owes much to its men and women of courage. We do not mean physical courage, in which man is at least equaled by the bull-dog; nor is the bull-dog considered the wisest of his species.
Common Courage
ALTHOUGH success is the guerdon for which all men toil, they have nevertheless often to labor on perseveringly, without any glimmer of success in sight. They have to live, meanwhile, upon their courage sowing their seed, it may be, in the dark, in the hope that it will yet take root and spring up in achieved result.
Courage And Tenderness
COURAGE is by no means incompatible with tenderness. On the contrary gentleness and tenderness have been found to characterize the men, not less than the women, who have done the most courageous deeds.
Self Control
SELF CONTROL is only courage under another form. It may almost be regarded as the primary essence of character. It is in virtue of this quality that Shakspeare defines man as a being looking before and after. It forms the chief distinction between man and the mere animal; and, indeed, there can be no true manhood without it.
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