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FIRESIDE EDUCATION.
crafty priest, who seeks to exercise a harsher tyranny than that of kings, a tyranny over the mind, resists education, for it would show his superstitions to be the mere phantoms of a base juggler. And the politician, who " deems igno­rance to be bliss," is obviously seduced into the notion that the mass of mankind are made to be slaves, merely by his wish to use them as such ; thus admitting that ignorance tends to rivet the chains of bondage, and knowledge to cut them asunder.
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We have come then to this conclusion, that it is the law of man's nature that his physical, moral, and intellectual faculties must be un­folded by education; that man without educa­tion is a savage, but little elevated above the brutes that perish; while by means of educa­tion, he may be exalted to a rank but little lower than the angels. By proper treatment, the body may be trained to grace, activity, and endu­rance ; by instruction, the mind may be enriched with exhaustless stores of knowledge and wis­dom ; by education, the evil passions may be laid to habitual repose; while the nobler and more generous qualities may be developed and
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