« PreviousContinue »
Be discreet in your discourse,
The first may be forgotten,
represented, as convey distinct religious, moral, or
The wise, terse, and pithy proverbial PRECEPTS
The latter endure for ever.
The BOOK OF GOOD DEVICES is offered to all
who interest themselves in the welfare of youth,
But more in your actions:
Let your example be the Son of man.
protect them from the many snares and temptations
In the words of Dr. Mather, who has been already
A wise man's heart is at his right hand;
But a fool's is at his left.
The Editor of “THE BOOK OF GOOD DEVICES" desires to thank SAMUEL SMILES, Esq., for permission, readily granted, to make use of passages from his admirable and valuable books for youth, " Character” and “SelfHelp;” and Messrs. STRAHAN and Co., for the like favour from Principal Tulloch's “Beginning Life.”
NOTE.—The First Edition of this Work was published
under the title of “The Book of Good Devices."
See that ye refuse not Him that speaketh.
A good maxim
Mercy and truth shall be to them
map son, if thou wilt receive my words,
That devise good.
Is never out of season.
A wise son maketh a glad father:
BOOK OF GOOD DEVICES.
SIR HENRY SIDNEY TO HIS SON.
Hear the instruction of thy father.
ET your first action be the lifting up of your
and feelingly digest the words you speak in
for which you pray. And use this as an ordinary, and at an ordinary hour; whereby the time itself will put you in remembrance to do that which you are accustomed to do. In that time apply your study to such hours as your discreet master doth assign you, earnestly; and the time he will so limit, as shall be both sufficient for your learning and safe for your health. And mark the sense and the matter of that you read, as well as the words. So shall you both enrich your tongue with words, and your wit with matter; and judgment will grow as your years
Forsake not the law of thy mother.
But a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.
Be temperate in all things.
If sinners entice thee, consent thou not.
groweth with you. Be humble and obedient to
Be courteous of gesture, and affable to all men,
It shall make you grateful in each company, and otherwise loathsome. Give yourself to be merry, for you degenerate from your father if you find not yourself most able in wit and body to do anything, when you be most merry: but let your mirth be ever void of all scurrility, and biting words to any man; for a wound given by a word is oftentimes harder to be cured than that which is given with the sword. Be you rather a hearer and bearer away of other men's talk, than a beginner or procurer of speech, otherwise you shall be counted to
Incline thine ear unto wisdom.
A blustering man is a coward.