Wednesday, May 22, 2013
"A passionate temper renders a man unfit for advice, deprives him of his reason, robs him of all that is either great or noble in his nature; it makes him unfit for conversation, destroys friendship, changes justice into cruelty, and turns all order into confusion. Says Lord Bacon: 'An angry man who suppresses his passions, thinks worse than he speaks; and an angry man that will chide, speaks worse than he thinks. A wise man hath no more anger than is necessary to show that he can apprehend the first wrong, nor any more revenge than justly to prevent a second.'
Don't you wish we didn't continue to need to be reminded?
"A True Friend," and photo from the internet.
Children continually interrogate us, it symbolizes the life of childhood. "Why" and "What" are the keys with which it unlocks the treasury of the world. The boy's numberless questions often seem trivial, but the wise parent will never turn them off unanswered if he can help it. It is his rich opportunity of teaching. Here, with the child's question, he is met half way, and there is all the difference between impressing truth on an eager mind and an uninterested one. The little fellow, helping you at your work and spearing you with endless questions, may learn as much in a half hour in those moments as in a week when his body is a prisoner in a school-room and his thoughts are out of doors."
From my new book store find, "A True Friend."