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Lay Morals

By Stevenson, Robert Louis

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Title: Lay Morals  
Author: Stevenson, Robert Louis
Language: English
Subject: Fiction, Children's literature, Children's fiction
Collections: Children's Literature Collection
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Excerpt: The problem of education is twofold: first to know, and then to utter. Every one who lives any semblance of an inner life thinks more nobly and profoundly than he speaks; and the best of teachers can impart only broken images of the truth which they perceive. Speech which goes from one to another between two natures, and, what is worse, between two experiences, is doubly relative. The speaker buries his meaning; it is for the hearer to dig it up again; and all speech, written or spoken, is in a dead language until it finds a willing and prepared hearer. Such, moreover, is the complexity of life, that when we condescend upon details in our advice, we may be sure we condescend on error; and the best of education is to throw out some magnanimous hints. No man was ever so poor that he could express all he has in him by words, looks, or actions; his true knowledge is eternally incommunicable, for it is a knowledge of himself; and his best wisdom comes to him by no process of the mind, but in a supreme self-dictation, which keeps varying from hour to hour in its dictates with the variation of events and circumstances.

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Table of Contents -- Lay Morals Chapter I Chapter II Chapter III Chapter IV Father Damien The Pentland Rising Chapter I, The Causes of the Revolt Chapter II, The Beginning Chapter III, The March of the Rebels Chapter IV, Rullion Green Chapter V, A Record of Blood The Day After To-morrow College Papers Chapter I, Edinburgh Students in 1824 Chapter II, The Modern Student Chapter III, Debating Societies Criticisms Chapter I, Lord Lytton's ?Fables in Song? Chapter II, Salvini?s Macbeth Chapter III, Bagster?s ?Pilgrim?s Progress? Sketches The Satirist Nuits Blanches The Wreath of Immortelles Nurses A Character The Great North Road Chapter I, Nance at the ?Green Dragon? Chapter II, In which Mr. Archer is Installed Chapter III, Jonathan Holdaway Chapter IV, Mingling Threads Chapter V, Life in the Castle Chapter IV, The Bad Half-Crown Chapter VII, The Bleaching-Green Chapter VIII, The Mail Guard The Young Chevalier Prologue: The Wine-Seller?s Wife Chapter I, The Prince Heathercat Chapter I, Traqairs of Montroymont Chapter II, Francie Chapter III, The Hill-End of Drumlowe


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