When by these steps he has got resolution enough not to be deterr'd from what he ought to do, by the apprehension of danger; when fear does not, in sudden or hazardous occurrences, decompose his mind, set his body a-trembling, and make him unfit for action, or run away from it, he has then the courage of a rational creature: and such an hardiness we should endeavour by custom and use to bring children to, as proper occasions come in our way.
"The greatest work of the composer is often sublimation, that is, the deflection of energies, thoughts, occurrences, psychological and physical reactions, into socially constructive or creative channels."
A child, not knowing what is extraordinary and what is commonplace, usually lights midway between the two, finds interest in incidents adults consider beneath notice, and calmly accepts the most improbable occurrences.
Our words are built on the objects of our experience. They have acquired their effectiveness by adapting themselves to the occurrences of our everyday world.
I might be ready to kneel before the cross of Good Friday, to stand beside the sepulcher on Easter Day. In order to facilitate the realization of those last sacred days of God incarnate on earth , working out man’s salvation, I resolved to write a brief history of that week, compiled from Four Gospels, meaning them to try and realize each day the occurrences that had happened on the corresponding day in AD 33, and so to follow those “blessed feet” step by step, till they were ...nailed for our advantage to the bitter cross.