Practical Phrenology

Practical Phrenology

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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. 1836 edition. Excerpt: ...will be a great deal of odium drawn upon yourself, mischief to you, and no benefit to others. He that spits against the wind spits in his own face. But were you to succeed, do you imagine any good will be done by it? You yourself may find it easy to live a virtuous life, without the assistance afforded by religion. You have a clear perception of the advantages of virtue, and the disadvantages of vice, and possess a strength of resolution sufficient to enable you to resist common temptation. A phrenologist would have said to Paine, you have a head in which intellect and the sentiments prevail over the propensities. But think how great a proportion of mankind consist of weak and ignorant men and women, and inexperienced and inconsiderate youth of both sexes. We have need of the motives of religion to restrain them from vice, to support their virtue, and retain them in the practice of it, till it becomes habitual, which is the great point for its security. And perhaps you are indebted originally to your religious education for the habits of virtue, upon which you now justly value yourself. If men are so wicked with religion, what would they be without it t" The quotation above was not recollected by me, when writing the preceding pages, although I recollect now to have read it when a boy. A man who has been religiously educated, and has believed in religion until his habits are formed, is in much less danger from throwing off their restraints, so far as this life is concerned, than one who has never been a believer. When the character is formed by force of habit, and the parts are cemented, the bands may be burst with less danger. CHAPTER XVII. ATTENTION. Mental philosophers have spoken of Attention as a distinct power of the mind. From...show more

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  • Paperback | 84 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236569970
  • 9781236569974