English Education: Being an Attempt to Place the Teaching and Study of the English Language on a Truer and Broader Basis Than is at Present Recognized; an Essay

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D. Robertson, 1854 - 38 pages
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Page 6 - A SOUND mind in a sound body, is a short but full description of a happy state in this world: he that has these two, has little more to wish for ; and he that wants either of them, will be but little the better for any thing else.
Page 17 - God hath framed the mind of man as a mirror or glass capable of the image of the universal world, and joyful to receive the impression thereof, as the eye joyeth to receive light; and not only delighted in beholding the variety of things and vicissitude of times, but raised also to find out and discern the ordinances and decrees which throughout all those changes are infallibly observed.
Page 17 - My heart leaps up when I behold A rainbow in the sky : So was it when my life began, So is it now I am a man, So be it when I shall grow old, Or let me die. The child is father of the man; And I could wish my days to be Bound each to each by natural piety.
Page 15 - Greek — the shrine of the genius of the old world; as universal as our race, as individual as ourselves ; of infinite flexibility, of indefatigable strength, with the complication and the distinctness of nature herself; to which nothing was vulgar, from which nothing was excluded ; speaking to the ear like Italian, speaking to the mind like English ; with words like pictures, with words like the gossamer film of the summer...
Page 25 - I am convinced that the method of teaching which approaches most nearly to the method of investigation, is incomparably the best ; since, not content with serving up a few barren and lifeless truths, it leads to the stock on which they grew ; it tends to set the reader himself in the track of invention, and to direct him into those paths in which the author has made his own discoveries, if he should be so happy as to have made any that are valuable.
Page 17 - The knowledge of man is as the waters, some descending from above, and some springing from beneath; the one informed by the light of nature, the other inspired by divine revelation.
Page 16 - ... and rival in the embodying of passion and in the distinguishing of thought, but equal to it in sustaining the measured march of history, and superior to it in the indignant declamation of moral satire ; stamped with the mark of an imperial and...
Page 27 - Summaries may always serve, most usefully, to revive the knowledge that has been before acquired, may throw it into proper shapes and proportions, and leave it in this state upon the memory, to supply the materials of subsequent reflection. But general histories, if they are read, first, and before the particular history is known, are a sort of chain of which the links seem not connected ; contain representations and statements, which cannot be understood, and therefore cannot be remembered ; and...
Page 16 - Cicero, and by him found wanting ; yet majestic in its bareness, impressive in its conciseness ; the true language of history, instinct with the spirit of nations, and not with the passions of individuals; breathing the maxims of the world, and not the tenets of the schools ; one and uniform in its air and spirit, whether touched by the stern and haughty Sallust, by the open and discursive Livy, by the reserved and thoughtful Tacitus.
Page 11 - It seems to me that Pygmalion's frenzy is a good emblem or portraiture of this vanity: for words are but the images of matter; and except they have life of reason and invention, to fall in love with them is all one as to fall in love with a picture.

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