An Introductory Lecture: Delivered Before the Brooklyn Lyceum, November 7, 1833

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West & Trow, printers, 1833 - 32 pages
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Page 18 - What is a man, If his chief good and market of his time Be but to sleep and feed? a beast, no more. Sure he that made us with such large discourse, Looking before and after, gave us not That capability and god-like reason To fust in us unus'd.
Page 14 - In a letter to the same person on the same subject, 1697, he says: " When a man has got an entrance into any of the sciences, it will be time then to depend on himself, and rely upon his own understanding, and exercise his own faculties, which is the only way to improvement and mastery.
Page 31 - He that soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly ; and he that soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
Page 16 - You will confer the greatest benefit on your city,' says Epictetus, 'not by raising the roofs, but by exalting the souls of your fellow-citizens; for it is better that great souls should live in small habitations, than that abject slaves should burrow in great houses...
Page 8 - ... more frequently they are given by the members, and in this case, are always gratuitous. The persons who associate are of any age, and from any class in society, sustaining a good character ; all who are in pursuit of knowledge, more particularly the young and middle aged. The system is specially adapted to teachers of every grade ; the more advanced pupils in the various schools, and enterprising young men already engaged in business, who have done with schools, but who thirst for more knowledge....
Page 19 - ... let our light shine before men, that they may see our good works, and glorify our Father which is in heaven.
Page 13 - It has been said that he who makes two blades of grass grow where only one grew before is a benefactor to his species.
Page 9 - ... work. There is nothing mysterious, nothing difficult, in the process, if the members have only a desire for knowledge and improvement, and each resolves to do his own part in suggesting topics, promoting investigations, and solving inquiries. The social principle is brought into active operation ; and where energy and promptness are the order of the day, a Lyceum becomes a most profitable school of mutual instruction. "The advantages of this kind of association, where the experiment has been...
Page 8 - ... village Lyceum, that its inquiries be aided by apparatus. The more simple and cheap kinds are procured. Early foundations have also been laid, for interesting collections of minerals and other cabinets of science. Many Lyceums have valuable libraries for the use of their members. In some instances, these have been formed anew, and in others, a union has been effected with social libraries, already existing : an arrangement which, it is believed, will be found profitable to both parties. " Associations,...
Page 9 - ... this kind of association, where the experiment has been faithfully tried, are great and obvious ; but they cannot here be named. The committee, however, can venture the assurance with perfect confidence, that the American Lyceum promises a very extensive diffusion of practical and useful knowledge. Their beneficial influence is soon manifest, in the improved character of schools and teachers, in the mental habits of all classes engaged in them, and in the elevation of the moral and social character....

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