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There is a transcendent power in example. We reform others unconsciously, when we walk uprightly.

There is no part of history which seems capable of either more instruction or entertainment, than that which offers to us the lives of great and virtuous men who have made an eminent figure on the public stage of the world. In these we see what the annals of a whole age can afford that is worthy of notice; and in the wide field of universal history gather all its flowers, and possess ourselves of all that is good in it.

Thou canst not rebuke in children what they see practised in thee. - Till reason be ripe, examples direct more than precepts. - Such as is thy behavior before thy children's faces, such is theirs behind thy back.

Though "the words of the wise be as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies," yet their examples are the hammer to drive them in to take the deeper hold. A father that whipped his son for swearing, and swore himself whilst he whipped him, did more harm by his example than good by his correction.

We are all of us more or less echoes, repeating involuntarily the virtues, the defects, the movements, and the characters of those among whom we live.

We can do more good by being good, than in any other way.

Whatever parent gives his children good instruction, and sets them at the same time a bad example, may be considered as bringing them food in one hand, and poison in the other.

You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.


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