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Men trust rather to their eyes than to their ears. - The effect of precepts is, therefore, slow and tedious, while that of examples is summary and effectual.

Much more gracious and profitable is doctrine by ensample, than by rule.

My advice is to consult the lives of other men, as one would a looking-glass, and from thence fetch examples for imitation.

No life can be pure in its purpose, and strong in its strife, and all life not be purer and stronger thereby.

No man is so insignificant as to be sure his example can do no hurt.

Noble examples stir us up to noble actions, and the very history of large and public souls inspires a man with generous thoughts.

None preaches better than the ant, and she says nothing.

Not the cry, but the flight of the wild duck, leads the flock to fly and follow.

Nothing is so contagious as example.-Never was any considerable good or evil done without producing its like.- We imitate good actions through emulation; and bad ones through the evil of our nature, which shame conceals, but example sets at liberty.

Nothing is so infectious as example.

Of all commentaries upon the Scriptures, good examples are the best and the liveliest.

One watch set right will do to set many by; one that goes wrong may be the means of misleading a whole neighborhood; and the same may be said of example.

Our lives, by acts exemplary, not only win ourselves good names, but do to others give matter for virtuous deeds, by which we live.

People seldom improve when they have no other model but themselves to copy after.

Precept is instruction written in the sand. - The tide flows over it, and the record is gone. - Example is graven on the rock, and the lesson is not soon lost.

So act that your principle of action might safely be made a law for the whole world.

The conscience of children is formed by the influences that surround them; their notions of good and evil are the result of the moral atmosphere they breathe.

The innocence of the intention abates nothing of the mischief of the example.

The pulpit teaches to be honest, the marketplace trains to overreaching and fraud - Teaching has not a tithe of the efficacy of example and training.

There are bad examples that are worse than crimes; and more states have perished from the violation of morality than from the violation of law.


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