A principal aim of education is to give students a taste for literature, for the books of life and power, and to accomplish this, it is necessary that their minds be held aloof from the babblement and discussions of the hour, that they may accustom themselves to take interest in the words and deeds of the greatest men, and so make themselves able and worthy to shape a larger and nobler future; but if their hours of leisure are spent over journals and reviews, they will, in later years, become the helpless victims of the newspaper habit.
Accustom him to everything, that he may not be a Sir Paris, a carpet-knight, 5 but a sinewy, hardy, and vigorous young man.Michel de Montaigne
Optimism is the parent of despair, while pessimism allows the mind to Accustom itself to the inevitable disappointments of human existence by degrees, just as some drugs induce a state of tolerance. Pessimists, moreover, have the better sense of humour, for they have a livelier apprehension of pretension and absurdity. In a meritocracy, furthermore, those who fail must either indulge in elaborate mental contortions to disguise reality from themselves or sink into a deep melancholy.anthony daniels
I [Boswell] happened to say, it would be terrible if he should not find a speedy opportunity of returning to London, and be confined in so dull a place. JOHNSON: "Don't, Sir, Accustom yourself to use big words for little matters. It would not be terrible, though I were to be detained some time here."samuel johnson
The next thing is by gentle degrees to Accustom children to those things they are too much afraid of. But here great caution is to be used, that you do not make too much haste, nor attempt this cure too early, for fear lest you increase the mischief instead of remedying it.john locke
Since the great foundation of fear is pain, the way to harden and fortify children against fear and danger is to Accustom them to suffer pain. This 'tis possible will be thought, by kind parents, a very unnatural thing towards their children; and by most, unreasonable...john locke
Think not so much of what thou hast not as of what thou hast: but of the things which thou hast, select the best, and then reflect how eagerly they would have been sought, if thou hadst them not. At the same time, however, take care that thou dost not, through being so pleased with them, Accustom thyself to overvalue them, so as to be disturbed if ever thou shouldst not have them.marcus aurelius
As we can not love what is hateful, let us Accustom ourselves neither to think nor to speak of disagreeable things and persons.john lancaster spalding
Think not so much of what thou hast not as of what thou hast: but of the things which thou hast, select the best, and then reflect how eagerly they would have been sought, if thou hadst them not. At the same time, however, take care that thou dost not, through being so pleased with them, Accustom thyself to overvalue them, so as to be disturbed if ever thou shouldst not have them.
The best general means to insure the profitable employment of our time, is to Accustom ourselves to living in continual dependence upon the Spirit of God and His law, receiving, every instant, whatever He is pleased to bestow; consulting Him in every emergency requiring instant action, and having recourse to Him in our weaker moments when virtue seems to fail.
Observe constantly that all things take place by change, and Accustom thyself to consider that the nature of the Universe loves nothing so much as to change the things which are, and to make new things like them.marcus aurelius
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