Library of Inspiration and Achievement Volume 5

Library of Inspiration and Achievement Volume 5

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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. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ...be attacked by garroters; or may come upon some ruffian insulting a woman in the streets; and in such cases a blow settles the matter. " To knock a man down," it has been said, "is never good manners, but there is a way of doing it gracefully." Indignation should never be manifested in Words. Defend yourself, or the person whose champion you are, without vituperation. But be able to defend yourself upon any occasion. What fencing and drilling are to a man, dancing and calisthenic exercises are to a young woman. Every lady should know how to dance, whether she intends to dance in society or not; and the better her physical training, the more graceful she will be. Swimming, skating, archery, riding, and driving, all help to strengthen the muscles, and are therefore desirable. The subject, indeed, is one that cannot be too much insisted upon by educational reformers. Decorum is a word that has almost fallen into discredit, and yet its primitive meaning is one we would do well to understand. " Decorum," says a French writer, "is nothing less than the respect of oneself and of others brought to bear upon every circumstance of life." In all our relations with our fellow-men, whether social or domestic, anything approaching to coarseness, undue familiarity, or levity of conduct, is prolific of evil, especially in the married state, where happiness hinges upon mutual respect. As the Vestal virgins of Rome were intrusted with the care of that sacred fire which was never to burn low, and never to be allowed to go out, so are our wives and mothers charged with the no less sacred worship of decorum. No amount of wealth, no amount of generosity, no amount of good management, can make a household...show more

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  • Paperback | 146 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 272g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236851838
  • 9781236851833