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MORALS.
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and that he on whom they are bestowed, like one walking on the edge of n dizzy precipice, is imminently exposed to destruction: and that happiness, peace and security usually dwell with the humbler occupant of the lowly hill­side or the sheltered valley.
Vanity, an empty pride, inspired by an over­weening conceit of one's personal attainments or decorations, is apt to beset young minds, and. with a little encouragement on the part of the parent, will soon spread itself over the whole character. Rut it is an offensive vice, and those who are infected with it soon find themselves subjected to ridicule and contempt. Let those who have the charge of children be careful that they do not feed this greedy passion, by ministering to its cravings in gaudy dress, or equipage, or display of any kind.
Anger and revenge are such atrocious pas­sions, that the parent hardly needs to be warned against their indulgence on the part of children. Sulkiness is so ill-favored, that a child under its influence will generally dismiss it if he can see himself in a mirror. Good humor in the parents will always charm this moody intruder out of the house. Obstinacy must be reasoned with: when the understanding is convinced, and a little time is given for pride to subside 23*
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