Papers for the Teacher Volume 4

Papers for the Teacher Volume 4

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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. 1861 edition. Excerpt: ... utterly foolish and ridiculous, by reason of having undertaken to treat of what they do not understand. But one who is really master of his subject will teach well, and will reach the heart, although he may be homely and unready of speech. Thus Cato surpassed Cicero when he spoke in the senate; for no one considered whether he uttered his opinions elegantly, or without any ornament And accordingly the understanding of words, or of the grammar, will be easy, if the knowledge of the things is thorough, as says Horace: "Words follow easily, if things are rightly conceived, understood and treated." But where the understanding of these things is not present, a knowledge of words is useless. Yet I must not be understood to reject grammar, which is quite necessary; but only to assert, that to study grammar only, without things themselves, is useless. Of all God's gifts, speech is the most beautiful and magnificent, and by this alone is man distinguished above other creatures, although some of these are his superiors in some endowments, one in seeing, another in hearing, another in smelling, &c. But no one of them can speak; which is a token that speech pertains to a higher grade of intellect. Language is the sheath in which is kept the sword of the mind-the casket in which we preserve our jewel; the vessel in which we secure our drink; the storehouse where we lay up our food. If we neglect to study languages, (which may God forbid!) we shall not only lose the gospel, but shall in the end become unable to read or write correctly either Latin or German. Luther. Language, that exclusive possession of reasoning beings, that first-born evidence of the immortal, the super-human and of the Supreme Being, in us, is the greeting of spirit...
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  • Paperback | 158 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 295g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236885996
  • 9781236885999