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CONDUCT AMONG OTHER CHILDREN.
As evil communications corrupt good manners, converse with none but those who are good, and who couduct themselves with propriety.
Be not quarrelsome, but rather patiently endure wrong than mischievously excite a quarrel.
Reprove your companions on every occasion for any wicked action, or indecent expression done or said: consent not to hold your peace.
Nobly give place to him who excels you in learning, age, or character.
Be willing to take those words or actions as a jest which you have reason to believe were intended as such, and fret not at your companion's innocent mirth.
If your companion be a little too gross or sarcastic, strive to take no notice of his pleasantries, and let it not disturb your equanimity. Abuse him not, either by word or deed.
If referred to as umpire in any dispute, give your opinion promptly in favour of that which you consider the right side of the question.
Deal justly by your companions, with as much
solicitude as if you were a man among men, and about business of higher importance.
Be not selfish, but kind and free. Generously instruct others in that which you know better than they.
Jog not the table or desk at which another writes.
At play, do not make your clothes, hands, or face dirty, or sit upon the ground.
Shun sinful and unlawful recreations, and all such are hurtful to the mind or body.
Scorn not, nor laugh at any one, for his natural infirmity of body or mind; nor, because of that infirmity, affix to any one a vexing title of contempt or reproach; but pity such as are so visited, and be thankful if you are otherwise distinguished and favoured.
Refrain from talking with your companions about your superiors, or raising discourse reflecting upon your own or another's parents or masters. Repeat nothing concerning your own family or household. Children must talk only of the affairs of children.
Strive to make peace between those who are at variance.
CONDUCT TO EQUALS. Be kind, agreeable, and loving-not cross, nor churlish—to your equals. In thus behaving, all persons will naturally desire your familiar acquaintance, and be ready and willing, upon opportunity, to serve you; and, observing the excellence and sweetness of your deportment, all who know you will be desirous to call you friend. This practice, also, by inducing a habit of obliging, will fit you for the society of your riper years, and facilitate and assist
your dealing with men, when you enter the world as a man of business.
Be considerate of the feelings of every one. Be grateful to the friend who tells you of your faults, and confess when you are in the wrong.
CONDUCT TO INFERIORS.
Be meek, courteous, and affable to your inferiors—not proud or scornful. To be courteous and conciliatory to the meanest, is a true index of a great and generous mind. But the insulting and scornful child, poor and mean in spirit, makes himself ridiculous to his equals, and by his inferiors is repaid with scorn, contempt, and hatred,
To the rich and great, nothing is a finer or more becoming ornament, than an elegant suavity of manner to those beneath them in fortune or rank.
REWARD OF GOOD BEHAVIOUR.
By carefully cultivating good manners and kind feelings, your superiors will esteem you; your inferiors will honour and admire you; your equals will delight in you; all who know and observe you, will praise and respect you; you will be considered a pattern of good and obliging behaviour; you will be valued and esteemed in every time, station, and circumstance of
your life; you will be blessed with the name of good scholar, good servant, good master, good citizen: good-will will be your attendant all your life long; your name will outlive the envy and malice of your enemies; and the enconium of every survivor will embalm your memory.
Modesty is a chaste diffidence, most generally attendant upon merit. It is engaging in the highest degree, and wins the hearts of all with whom we become acquainted. No persons are more disagreeable than the impudent and presuming.
Nothing can atone for the want of modesty; without it beauty is unlovely, and the wittiest person repulsive.
GOING INTO COMPANY.
A well-bred child ought to be able to enter a room, and address any one of the company, without the least embarrassment.
Ignorance and vice are the only things of which we need be ashamed: avoid these, and acquire self-possession, and you may go into the highest circles of society with ease and pleasure.
A modest assurance in every sphere of life is the most advantageous quality you can possess.