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15. The better that a child is by birth, the better ought he in his youth to be instructed.
16. Diligente and holy bringing up, is the founteyne of al vertue: as to folye and myschief, the fyrst, seconde, and thirde poynte is undiligence and corrupte educacion.- Erasmus.
17. The culture of the affections and the fancy is a most important branch of Education, though in general it is entirely neglected.-W. B. Clulow.
18. By learning, the sons of the common people become public ministers; without learning, the sons of public ministers become mingled with the mass of the people.- Chinese maxim.
19, Tell me not what thou hast heard and read, and only so ; but what (after thy hearing and reading) thou hast taken into thy meditation, found to be truth, settled in thy judgment, fixed in thy memory, embraced in thy affections, and then a long time practised, and so made it to be truly thine own, This, and only this, is rightly called learning.-Dr T. Fuller.
20. The end of learning is to repair the ruins of our first parents, by regaining to know God aright, and out of that knowledge to love him, to imitate him, to be like him, as we may the nearest, by possessing our souls of true virtue, which being united to the heavenly grace of faith, makes up the highest perfection. -John Milton.
21. Let every thing you see represent to your spirit the presence, the excellency, and the power of God, and let your conversation with the creatures lead
you unto the Creator, for so shall your actions be done more frequently with an actual eye to God's presence, by your often seeing him in the glass of the creation.—Bp Jeremy Taylor.
22. You have been bred in a land abounding with men, able in arts, learning, and knowledge, manifold, this man in one, that in another, few in many, none in all. But there is one art of which
every man should be master, the art of reflection. If you are not a thinking man, to what purpose are you a man at all? In like manner, there is one knowledge, which it is every man's interest and duty to acquire, namely, self-knowledge: or to what end was man alone, of all animals, endued by the Creator with the faculty of self-consciousness? Truly, said the Pagan Moralist,
e coelo descendit, Ivôli geautóv. But you are likewise born in a Christian land : and Revelation has provided for you new subjects for reflection, and new treasures of knowledge, never to be unlocked by him who remains self-ignorant. Self-knowledge is the key to this casket, and by reflection alone can it be attained. own thoughts, actions, circumstances, and-which will be of especial aid to you in forming a habit of reflection,-accustom yourself to reflect on the words you use, hear, or read, their birth, derivation and history. For if words are not things, they are living powers, by which the things of most importance to mankind are actuated, combined, and humanized. S.T. Coleridge.
23. All knowledge, of whatsoever kind, must have a twofold groundwork of faith,-one subjectively, in our own faculties, and the laws which
them : -the other objectively, in the matter submitted to our observations. We must believe in the being
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who knows, and in that which is known : knowledge is the copula of these two acts. Even scepticism must have the former. Its misfortune and blunder is, that it will keep standing on one leg; and so can never get a firm footing. We must stand on both before we can walk, although the former act is often the more difficult.-Guesses at Truth.
Real knowledge, like every thing else of the highest value, is not to be obtained easily. It must be worked for,-studied for,—thought for,—and more than all, it must be prayed for. And that is Education, which lays the foundation of such habits, -and gives them, so far as a boy's early age will allow, their proper exercise.—Dr Arnold.
25. I call by the name of wisdom,-knowledge, rich and varied, digested and combined, and pervaded through and through by the light of the Spirit of God. - Dr Arnold.
26. Wisdom of itself is delectable and satisfactory, as it implies a revelation of truth and a detection of error to us. 'Tis like light, pleasant to behold, casting a sprightly lustre, and diffusing a benign influence all about; presenting a goodly prospect of things to the eyes of our mind; displaying objects in their due shapes, postures, magnitudes, and colours ; quickening our spirits with a comfortable warmth, and disposing our minds to a cheerful activity ; dispelling the darkness of ignorance, scattering the mists of doubt, driving away the spectres of delusive fancy; mitigating the cold of sullen melancholy; discovering obstacles, securing progress, and making the passages of life clear, open, and pleasant. We are all naturally endowed with a strong appetite to know, to see, to pursue truth; and with a bashful abhorrency from being deceived and entangled in
mistake. And as success in enquiry after truth affords matter of joy and triumph; so being conscious of error and miscarriage therein, is attended with shame and sorrow. These desires wisdom in the most perfect manner satisfies, not entertaining us with dry, empty, fruitless theories upon mean and vulgar subjects; but by enriching our minds with excellent and useful knowledge, directed to the noblest objects and serviceable to the highest ends. -Dr Barrow.
27. Wisdom is exceedingly pleasant and peaceable ; in general, by disposing us to acquire and enjoy all the good delight and happiness we are capable of ; and by freeing us from all the inconveniences, mischiefs, and infelicities our condition is subject to. For whatever good from clear understanding, deliberate advice, sagacious foresight, stable resolution, dextrous address, right intention, and orderly proceeding doth naturally result, wisdom confers : whatever evil blind ignorance, false presumption, unwary credulity, precipitate rashness, unsteady purpose, ill contrivance, backwardness, inability, unwieldiness and confusion of thought begets, wisdom prevents. From a thousand snares and treacherous allurements, from innumerable rocks and dangerous surprises, from exceedingly many needless incumbrances and vexatious toils of fruitless endeavours, she redeems and secures us.-Dr Barrow.
28. Wisdom makes all the troubles, griefs, and pains, incident to life, whether easual adversities, or natural afflictions, easy and supportable, by rightly valuing the importance and moderating the influence of them. It suffers not busy fancy to alter the nature, amplify the degree, or extend the duration of them, by representing them more sad, heavy and remediless than they truly are. It allows them no force beyond what
naturally and necessarily they have, nor contributes nourishment to their increase. It keeps them at a due distance, not permitting them to encroach upon the soul, or to propagate their influence beyond their proper sphere. -Dr Barrow.
29. Wisdom is the principal thing, therefore get wisdom.- Solomon's Proverbs.
30. In the search after God and contemplation of Him, our wisdom doth consist; in our worship of God and our obedience to Him, our religion doth consist; in both of them, our happiness doth consist.Dr Whichcote.
31. We are born under a law : it is our wisdom to find it out, and our safety to comply with it.-Dr Whichcote.
32. Since the time that God did first proclaim the edicts of his law upon the world, heaven and earth have hearkened unto his voice, and their labour hath been to do his will. “ He made a law for the rain ;"
his " decree unto the sea, that the waters should not pass his commandment.” Now, if nature should intermit her course, and leave altogether, though it were for a while, the observation
of her own laws, if these principal and mother elements of the world, whereof all things in this lower world are made, should lose the qualities which they now have; if the frame of that heavenly arch erected over our heads, should loosen and dissolve itself; if celestial spheres should forget their wonted motions, and by irregular volubility turn themselves any way as it may happen; if the prince of the lights of heaven, which now, as a giant, doth run his unwearied course, should, as it were, through a languishing faintness, begin to stand, and to rest hiinself; if the moon