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punishment may follow if it do not yield. Gree­diness, the spirit of appropriation of every thing to self, in the child, leads to avarice in the man. This may be easily overcome, by per­suading the child often to part with his posses­sions. The habit of giving away is soon es­tablished. The spirit of liberality readily com­mends itself to the heart, when illustrated by example and enforced by precept. But this must be done in childhood. If avarice gets hold of a man. it usually clings to him for life. It is in such a case the last vice which surren­ders to virtue, and even when religion enters the heart, it fiercely and obstinately disputes for the right of sovereignty there.
Ambition is of two kinds, the one laudable, the other vicious. The first springs from a love of excellence, and leads to a noble and generous emulation; the latter denotes an inordinate and selfish desire of power or eminence, often accom­panied with illegal means to obtain the object. Parents and teachers should be careful to dis­criminate between these two kinds of ambition, and take heed that in giving scope to one they do not tolerate the other. There is a difference in children, as I have had occasion to remark before, as to the facility with which the princi­ple of emulation acts upon them. But, soon or
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