On the Duties of the Young

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G. Nicholson and Company, 1794 - 18 Seiten
 

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Seite 8 - Instead of being an evidence of superiour understanding, it discovers a pert and shallow mind ; which, vain of the first smatterings of knowledge, presumes to make light of what the rest of mankind revere. At the same...
Seite 7 - View religious homage as a natural expression of gratitude to him for all his goodness. Consider it as the service of the God of your fathers; of him to whom your parents devoted you; of him whom, in former ages, your ancestors honoured ; and by whom they are now rewarded and blessed in heaven. Connected with so many tender sensibilities of soul, let religion be with you, not the cold and barren offspring of speculation ; but the warm and vigorous dictate of the heart.
Seite 8 - ... presumes to make light of what the rest of mankind revere. At the same time, you are not to imagine that when exhorted to be religious, you are called upon to become more formal and solemn in your manners than others of the same...
Seite 7 - The heart should then, spontaneously, rise into the admiration of what is great, glow with the love of what is fair and excellent, and melt at the discovery of tenderness and goodness. Where can any object be found, so proper to kindle those affections, as the Father of the universe, and the Author of all felicity ? Unmoved by veneration, can you contemplate that grandeur and majesty, which his works every where display ? Untouched by gratitude, can you view that profusion of good, which, in this...
Seite 8 - The spirit of true religion breathes gentleness and affability. It gives a native unaffected ease to the behaviour. It is social, kind, and cheerful ; far removed from that gloomy and illiberal superstition which clouds the brow, sharpens the temper, dejects the spirit, and teaches men to fit themselves for another world, by neglecting the concerns of this. Let your religion, on the contrary, connect preparation for Heaven...
Seite 8 - ... doctrines of the Gospel. For this end, study the sacred Scriptures. Consult the word of God, more than the systems of men, if you would know the truth in its native purity. When, upon rational and sober inquiry, you have established your principles, suffer them not to be shaken by the scoffs of the licentious, or the cavils of the sceptical.
Seite 4 - ... but humour, or to attend to any pursuit except that of amusement; if you allow yourselves to float loose and careless on the tide of life, ready to receive any direction which the current of fashion may chance to give you, what can you expect to follow...
Seite 7 - Where can any object be found, so proper to kindle those affections, as the Father of the universe, and the Author of all felicity ! Unmoved by veneration, can you contemplate that grandeur and majesty which his works every where display ? Untouched by gratitude, can you view that profusion of good, which, in this pleasing season of life, his beneficent hand pours around you ? Happy in the love and affection of those with whom you are connected, look up to the Supreme Being, as the inspirer of all...
Seite 4 - Early, then, you may learn, that it is not on the external condition in which you find yourselves placed, but on the part which you are to act, that your welfare or unhappiness, your honour or infamy depend.
Seite 7 - Untouched by gratitude, can you view that profusion of good, which, in this pleasing season of life, his beneficent hand pours around you? Happy in the love and affection of those with whom you are connected, look up to the Supreme Being, as the inspirer of all the friendship which has ever been shewn you by others ; himself, your best and your first friend ; formerly, the supporter of your infancy, and the guide of your childhood ; now, the guardian of your, youth, and the hope of your corning years.

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