This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1841 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VIII. Education. "The object of Education is not to destroy, but to bring all the faculties into harmonious and delightful exercise."--Fourier. Blessed is he, and she is hlessed, who traineth up a child to walk in the paths of Love, and educateth for the future in the days that fade away, like the flowers by the waters of Bendermere, and like the dews, oh Plinnlimmon, upon the brow of thy Eternity. As the gardener traineth the peach tree of his choice upon the southern wall of his garden, and spreadeth the branches like unto an open fan before the sun of noon, thus let thou the child be cultured, so that it feeleth the beams of the Divine Love, and it will bring forth bloom and fruit accordingly. But fear unto the child is as the wind of March, or as the blight of April--it cutteth down and nippeth to the death, so that there is no fruit in the season. The school of Love is the school of God. Blessed be thou with little children upon thy knees. Richer far is he who hath a child, than he who hath all the gold of Peru, than all the silver of Potosi; for the gold and silver melt away in the furnace, but the child liveth for ever in itself and its seed. Education is the most beautiful part of Fourier's system: it forms its basis, at the same time that it naturally springs from it. In the half-civilized state, Education is surrounded by obstacles, but in Harmony it is easy and accessible; as the very conditions in which the children are placed may be said to form an educative system, conducive to their highest moral, physical, and intellectual developement, the sphere of concord and harmony around them calling spontaneously into action their most engaging qualities and best talents. In mere civilization, education is but a word. To all who desire to for...
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