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ways contributed to the progress of liberty and knowledge. In this sense,
“ Discord is harmony not understood,
Is an essential requisite to the female sex in every condition and department of life; in. deed nothing can compensate the want of it.
" PROPRIETY is to a woman, what the great Roman critic says action is to an orator; it is the first, the second, the third requisite. A woman may be knowing, active, witty, and amusing ; but without propriety she cannot be amiable. It does not depend on any one per. fection, but it is the result of general excellence. It shows itself by a regular, orderly, undeviat. ing course; and never starts from its sober orbit into any splendid eccentricities; for it would be ashamed of such praise as it might extort by any abberations from its proper path. When a man of sense comes to marry, it is a compa. nion whom he wants, and not an artist. It is not merely a creature who can paint, and play, and dress, and dance; it is a being who can comfort and counsel him ; one who can reason, and reflect, and feel, and judge, and act, and discourse, and discriminate; one who can as. sist him in his affairs, lighten his cares, sooth his . sorrows, purify his joys, strengthen his principles, and educate his children.”
HAS in its train a long series of evils; and children should be accustomed to early restraint, because it lays a foundation for future happines3.
“ BY the great attention that is paid to chil. dreu's accommodation iu every trifling parti. cular, they learn to attach an idea of impor. tance to every personal indulgence, and consider ease and freedom from pain as their birthright. They are thus enfeebled by luxury from the very cradle, and rendered totally vnable to cope with hardships and difficulties, which they may have to encounter in after.life. Should neither hardships nor difficulties be their lot, the evil will be still more serious; for the dispositions and habits of mind engendered by this attention to personal indulgence will then have nothing to counteract them, and complete selfishness must be the consequence.”
THE DIVINE OMNIPRESENCE
Is one of the most solemu and interesting attributes of Deity; even the heathens taught it, and it is strongly inculcated in some of their writings.
“ BY inculcating the doctrine of divine om. nipresence, I gave you a rule of action infi. nitely more valuable than all that philosophy ever framed; a rule that will regulate your reflections when you are in your closet, that will inspire you with virtuous singularity,
when a multitude would draw you into evil, that will teach you justice to the meanest individual, and will give you fortitude and consistency before the proudest earthly tyrant. Shew me any other scheme of tuition that can supply such an antidote against evil, or such a preservative of innocence."
SALUTARY RESTRAINTS, In the first periods of life, must produce a good effect, by preparing the individual for the calamities that may befal him in his passage through this troublesome world.
“ EARLY impressions have a very powerful effect upon future conduct; habits long esta. blished have a still greater. It is, therefore, of infinite importance to future success, that our children be educated so as to enable them to encounter the inevitable vicissitudes of life with firmness and fortitude; and what is, per. haps, still more essential to human comfort, to feel the inconveniences annexed to an unfavorable change of situation as little as possible. He who wishes to leave his children an inheritance of felicity, ought studiously to lay up for them as soon as he can, such a stock of restraints and refusals, as may, in due time, yield a seasonable and plenteous increase. Indulgence in the early part of life, is the sure source of future necessities; and an habitual gratification of what are called the good things of this world, the heaviest and most grievous tax that can possibly be laid on future tranquillity."
Memoirs of Charles Macpherson, Esq.
In its purity is an inestimable blessing; but adulterated and abused, it becomes the parent of evils which are destructive of the peace and happiness of society.
"RELIGION seems as necessary to mankind as water, the purest of both is most salutary ; yet, in that state, neither please the vulgar palate. In all ages maukind have been fond of adulterating both with foreign ingredients : those ingredients are often of an intoxicating quality, which perverts their beneficial nature, heats men's brains, renders them quarrelsome, sometimes furious, and makes what was in. tended as a blessing, operate as a curse !"
THE MAN AND THE BOY
ARE often sadly different from each other ; this ought not to be; the good principles of youth should be brought into action by ripened and experienced Man.
" It is a remark often made, that the man is found to degenerate from the excellences which distinguished him when a boy. To ridicule he chiefly owes bis degradation. His pre-eminence excites the envy of his contemporaries, who naturally endeavor to obscure
that lustre, which burns them with its blaze. He values himself on those talents or acquisitions, of the. worth of which his companions have no ade. quate conception, he is received with contempt, his remarks are attended with a speer, and his
prudent conduct is a subject of derision. They make him a subject of ridicule, and a nick. name is appropriated to him. He is shunned as involving his companions in his absurdity, and consequent disgrace. This last is more than he can bear--he lays aside the appearance of emulation, and the reality too fatally fol. lows; he studiously unlearns all that rendered him truly valuable, and when he has lowered himself to a certain pitch, he is received with open arms, and is united with his companions by his strong assimulation of congenial natures !
Is the soul of enjoyment, it is the grand secret of human happiness, and he that is truly and virtuously active is the best member of the com• munity.
" ACTIVITY is one of those virtues, indispensably requisite for the happiness and wel. fare of mankind : and yet all men seem natu. rally averse, not only to those exertions that sharpen and improve the mental powers, but even such as are necessary for maintaining the health, or strengthening the organs of the body. To conquer that indolence, and to guard against the prostitution of time in trifling pursuits and licentious pleasures, the surest remedy, and in the end the most delightful, can only be found in unremitted study, or in the labours of a pro. fession. of all who have risen to eminence in the paths of literature or ambition, how few are there who at first enjoyed the means of pleasure, or the liberty of being idle?”