Excerpt from Hints to Our Boys
From the water, nor the eaglet from the air. All that counsel can do is to teach the boy how to use the powers which he possesses, and how to develop and direct them. Every man must make his own path through the forest: the father can not blaze a way for his son; but he can teach him where the bog is where he himself was mired, and where the scrub oaks are in which he lost much valuable time. He cannot furnish rules for every emergency, but he can inculcate princi ples to be applied when the emergency arises. As no two voyages across the North Atlantic are the same, so no two lives; but, though a ship's log cannot be furnished in advance, the mariner can learn general principles from others' ex.
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