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Excerpt from The Book of Thought, or Parents and Teacher's Hand Book: Designed for the Use of Schools Private Thinkers
Towering minds have their happy moments in which they put forth extra efforts. This book, being a collection of these rare thoughts, forms a cabinet of intellectual, moral, and religious gems; which if thoroughly studied can not fail to prove a valuable auxiliary to the cause of intelligence and virtue.
The virtues are not distinctly and sufficiently insisted upon in the family and school training.
Dr. Locke most truly remarks: "Under whose care soever a child is put to be taught during the tender and flexible years of his life, this is certain, it should be one who thinks Latin and languages the least part of education - one who, knowing how much virtue and a well tempered soul is to be preferred to any sort of learning or language, makes it his chief business to form the minds of his scholars, and give that a right disposition, which, if once got, though all the rest should be neglected, would, in due time, produce all the rest; and which, if it be not got, and settled so as to keep out ill and vicious habits, languages and sciences, and all the accomplishments of education, will be to no purpose, but to make the worse or more dangerous man."
"How empty learning, and how vain is art,
But as it mends the life, and guides the heart."
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