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MORALS.
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determines, by a delicate touch, whether it is sufficiently large to let her go through without being scratched. Thus discretion appreciates difficulties, dangers and obstructions around, and enables n person to decide upon the proper course of action.
" There are many more shining qualities in the mind of man. but there is none so useful as discretion. It is this which gives a value to all the rest, which sets them at work", and turns them to the advantage of the person who is possessed of them Without it learning is pedantry and wit impertinence: nay. virtue itself often looks like weakness. Discretion not only shows itself in words, but in all the cir­cumstances of action; and is like an agent of providence, to guide and direct us in the ordi­nary chances of life."
Rut how shall discretion be cultivated in children ? Chiefly by example. It is a virtue especially committed to the cultivation of the mother. She may do much to promote it. by rebuking acts of imprudence, and bestowing due encouragement upon acts of discretion. Let the mother remember that discretion is impor­tant to men, and see that she cherishes it in her sons; let her remember that it is essential to women, and make sure of it in her daughters.
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