Elevation of Mechanics; Addresses Delivered Before the State Convention of Mechanics, at Bangor, August 11 & 12, 1842 by John S. Sayward Charles H. Ho

Elevation of Mechanics; Addresses Delivered Before the State Convention of Mechanics, at Bangor, August 11 & 12, 1842 by John S. Sayward Charles H. Ho

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1842 edition. Excerpt: ...been wasted, we may have cheated ourselves out of days, months and perhaps years of our existence. That precious talent committed to our keeping has been buried in the earth, and suffered to rust away in inaction. Besides, idleness is no encourager of virtue, no patron of innocence. Positive vice to some extent, is always an attendant on idleness. Any thing, therefore, which tends to dissipate idleness, and direct the mind to some useful object, gives a more healthy tone to the morals of the whole community, and is in every way worthy of encouragement. Much time, which was once worse than wasted, is now spent in listening to lectures, participating in discussions, reading, writing or in some other profitable way. We claim merit for our Associations then, as well for the purely moral influence they exert, as for the knowledge they are scattering among the people. It is true the sphere of their labors is not yet extensive; but we hope soon to see it expand until it covers the whole field--until increased health and vigor is sent through the moral and intellectual pulse of the whole community. What a mass of mind is every where running to waste like a beautifully laid out garden, neglected and covered with weeds and thistles, where but little wholesome fruit is produced. Is this the proper treatment for immortal spirits capable of such indefinite expansion? Did the creator of those spirits design that they should forever grovel thus--that their lofty powers should thus be turned away in neglect, and left in darkness? No, they were given to us for cultivation, and it is our duty to set about that cultivation, to pluck up the noxious weeds which prevent it growth, and hold it back from its destiny. There is an obligation stronger than the bonds of..show more

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  • Paperback | 36 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236659643
  • 9781236659644