The Early Life of Christ an Example to the Young

The Early Life of Christ an Example to the Young

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1827 edition. Excerpt: ... those names, appears remarkably, from the fact that they were accompanied by a thirst after more. He that was already so wise was still a learner, placing himself at the feet of the well-instructed, "both hearing them and asking them questions." Superficial attainments are commonly attended with self-satisfaction and self-elation. Particularly is it so with young minds, which have, perhaps rapidly, acquired some imposing, but merely elementary knowledge; "for shallow draughts intoxicate the brain, but drinking largely sobers it again." While yet at the commencement only of his journey, and while yet but a small section of the field of science is perceptible to his eye, the sanguine traveller regards with much complacency the progress that he has made, but as he moves onward the prospect gradually opens before him, until plains, " immeasurably spread, seem lengthening as he goes." But the danger of self-elation is greater as it respects the kind, than the quantity of knowledge. Acquisitions in merely human sciences, commonly inflate the mind with conceit, because they occasion their possessor to be distinguished from the multitude, who, if not hindered by natural indolence and want of capacity, would yet, from the necessity of constant manual occupation, be prevented from the pursuit of such studies; and because, too, whatever they may teach the student, they do not teach him the knowledge of himself. Whence it is, that one who has made great proficiencies, who is an accomplished classic, a skilful mathematician, and competently versed in both the elegant and useful branches of literature, may yet be filled with self-complacency and contempt of others, --proud, dogmatical, and censorious. The reason is, that...
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  • Paperback | 36 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236872703
  • 9781236872708