Self-education; or, The value of mental culture

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Page 40 - Philosophy be useful ! To how many others does Chemistry prove almost necessary ! Every one must with a glance perceive that to engineers, watch-makers, instrument-makers, bleachers, and dyers, those sciences are most useful, if not necessary. But carpenters and masons are surely likely to do their work better for knowing how to measure, which Practical Mathematics teaches them, and how to estimate the strength of timber, of walls, and of arches, which they learn from Practical Mechanics; and they...
Page 126 - ... or to devotion ; in summer as oft with the bird that first rouses, or not much tardier, to read good authors, or cause them to be read, till the attention be weary, or memory have its full fraught...
Page 40 - In truth, though a man be neither mechanic nor peasant, but only one having a pot to boil, he is sure to learn from science lessons which will enable him to cook his morsel better, save his fuel, and both vary his dish and improve it.
Page 40 - Nay, the farm-servant, or day-labourer, whether in his master's employ, or tending the concerns of his own cottage, must derive great practical benefit, — must be both a better servant, and a more thrifty, and therefore comfortable, cottager, for knowing something of the nature of soils and manures, which Chemistry teaches, and something of the habits of animals, and the qualities and growth of plants, which he learns from Natural History and Chemistry together.
Page 117 - It must be acknowledged, too, that greater satisfaction in the execution of machinery must be experienced when the uses to which it may be applied and the principles upon which it operates are well understood, than where the manual part alone is known, the artist remaining entirely ignorant of everything besides...
Page 151 - Christ."' 4. But the question is still further raised by what we read in the Epistle to the Hebrews: " When now for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need again to be taught which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
Page 145 - But if, in such a scene, the mind be kept in a great degree passive, if there be a great deal of feeling with very little thought — burning heat with only dim and doubtful light — if the sensibilities of the soul be wrought into a storm, none can tell how or why, — then rely on it, it is not a work which God owns ; or if there are some true conversions, far the greater number may be expected to prove spurious.
Page 46 - LETTERS .Orthography teaches the nature and powers of letters, and the just method of spelling words.
Page 144 - ... conduct must be variable and undecided. As all sciences have their axioms, or first principles, from which all their various branches and parts are deduced, so it is scarcely to be supposed that religion is so vague and uncertain a thing, as to be any thing or nothing, just as the prejudices and humours, the customs and habits, of men would make it." "A genuine revival of religion," observes another writer, " is characterized by a due proportion of reflection and feeling.
Page 85 - MORELL'S HISTORY of GREECE, from its Earliest Period to its Final Subjugation by the Romans ; in a Series of Essays, accompanied with Reflections, References to Original Authorities, and Historical Questions. In 12mo. With a Map of Ancient Greece. Sixth Edition, Bs. tid. in sheep. VII. MORELL'S HISTORY of ROME, from its Earliest Records to the Death of Constantine.

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