Excerpt from Character Sketches for Boys and Girls, or Success and How to Win It: Being a Vast Treasury of the Noblest Truths and Wisest Maxims for the Instruction and Self-Improvement of the Young; Showing the True Aims and Objects of Life
Book I. Starting right; or, the influence OF home - A well-known author says: It is the Home that makes the Nation. With equal truth we may say, it is the Home that makes the grandest men and women. Here is where ideal character is fashioned. And no work can possess greater value than the one that faithfully describes the true Home and pictures it as the sweetest type of heaven.
The reader finds in these glowing pages a beautiful tribute to Parental Inﬂuence. Like an angel of light appears the devoted mother, that uncrowned queen, of whom it 'has been truly said: The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.
The Force of Example is vividly portrayed. Says quaint Ben Franklin: None preaches better than the ant, and she says nothing. The reader learns how true it is that noble examples stir us up to noble actions. This, and all the other subjects treated tin this volume, are so forcibly presented and so strikingly illustrated that the work has an irresistible charm to every reader.
It is a book that wakes up slumbering thoughts. Its sound is that of a trumpet and its watchword is Onward. It inspires in the reader a noble ambition to make the most of himself and gain a high position in the world. By striking examples from real life, the force of the great truth is illustrated, that, Just as the twig is bent, the tree's inclined. The all-important lessons that should be taught in the Home, the noble aims that should be presented, and the masterly elements that form a model character are stated in a manner that deeply interests the reader. The greatest names in history, the men and women who have achieved the most brilliant success, are here photographed and held up for imitation.
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