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thing short of a total submission on the part of the parents themselves, in all their thoughts, designs, and actions, to that power under whose dominion their wish is, that the child should be brought, can secure a good education. Putting forth so large a demand as this, there can be little surprise that no very extensive popularity in practice has resulted, though an unresisting approbation in sentiment has been awarded.

To return to that point of time when the recent return of Mr. Greaves from Germany, and the freshness of these thoughts made him the living centre of every moral circle, we may remark that he was ever ready to lend his best aid to every worthy proposition. At all times, abiding with the true mover, we find our friend always devoting his attention, and bending his best energies to whatever was, at the moment, most forward and progressive. This conduct necessarily brought him in contact with all the liveliest, as well as most honest and zealous minds, for the new and heterodox idea always comes from, and always attracts the original, genetic, unvitiated soul. To trace his occupations by his note-books, would afford an interesting psychological pursuit, and would furnish aphorisms on every popular moral subject for several years, commencing with phrenology, which excited much attention in the year 1826, and concluding with Magnetism or Socialism, which occupied the public mind in the year 1841.

METAPHYSICS.

"Man is the connecting medium between God and Nature, and as such, not a single fact must be separated from his being, nor must his being be either in thought, word, or deed, for a moment separated from unity.

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A synthetical mind can relate every fact, at a glance, to itself, and itself as a whole to unity, and this is effected by a culture in spirit.

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Synthetical culture is more than moral and intellectual culture; it is a wholing culture, and holds the inmost and outermost relations in entireness.

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Spirit alone can whole. Intellect in its best efforts can only divide, and division is death.

"Kant shows by what means a knowledge of the absolute is not, NOT to be obtained; and this is precious to man.

"When we begin to analyze or destroy, we lose that very

power that made and held together the whole, outward, inward, inmost."

MYSTICISM.

"There is but one mystical fact for the spiritual and scientific man to realize, and this is, his conceptive union with spirit; a fact more certain than his union with matter."

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"A man cannot from a representative get at the idea, which the artist had when he represented the same; but we must, as he did, conceive the idea from art or spirit, and then correct or make a representation of it.

"We must be known of art; this is the grand point in the representation of its conceptions."

BEHAVIOR.

"Let a cheerful freedom, a generous friendship, always appear in our countenance, and mark our steps in the spirit.

"Let spirit alone make our whole carriage civil and affable. "Let spirit alone make our address to each other open and free.

"Let spirit alone make our friendships dear, and our communions sweet.

"If we hold communion with the spirit, we may do to each other as we have been done unto.

"What is the good of a formal acquaintance with each other, if we have not found an intimate intercourse with the spirit? "Reservedness of manner comes not from the spirit, but from the spirit of this world.

"Why offer the mind a welcome and deny the spirit a welcome? Why invite the mind and neglect to invite the spirit; nay, why reject the spirit, when we are offering an apparent welcome to both mind and body?

"Our sympathy with our brethren is not worth much, if it be not divine sympathy.

"Let us attend far more to what we are doing with the spirit within, than what we are doing with all the world besides without.

"We ought to approve ourselves to the spirit, before we try to approve ourselves to men: they are blind, but the spirit sees us in our blindness.

"If we are not in a right state with the spirit, we must be in a wrong state with men and with things.

"We ought to avoid giving offence to the spirit in any brother. We are to welcome the spirit as well as the spiritual and the

natural. If no cover be provided for the spirit, the spirit leaves us to our uninspired spiritual enjoyments.

"If we cannot have much fellowship with any particular man, we may have a fellowship with the spirit in that man."

OCCUPATION.

"Whenever we are outwardly excited, we should cease to act; but whenever we have a message from the spirit within, we should execute it with calmness.

"A fine day may excite one to act, but it is much better that we act from the calm spirit in any day, be the outward what it may."

GENERATION.

"Diseases proceed altogether from generation, let the conditions be what they may.

"Man's first duty is to have the curse removed from his existence, and to generate offspring without the curse; and this he can only do by a marriage in, from, and for God.

"It is obvious, that man's uncursed existence, and his properly exercising it, would entirely alter the state of society in every nation in the world.

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Why do not parents try to transmit the good nature to their children?

"Why educate for goodness, and propagate badness? Why propagate badness, and by education try to reform it? Why not renounce badness, and propagate goodness; or why try to put goodness on badness?"

RESPONSIBILITY.

"Man cannot too much cast responsibility on the spirit that rules him. Let not a wish nor an inclination be twined to self, and then the spirit will do more than man can suppose.

"The spirit's government is absolute because it is the alone responsible; and man will find himself free, the moment he is determined to give up his own freedom, that which he by transgression has procured for himself."

GOVERNMENT.

"The soul needs not obey anything but goodness; all other obedience it has a right to refuse, as nothing below goodness can in every respect satisfy it.

"The soul in alliance with goodness is able to suffer martyrdom with satisfaction, and this is the test that goodness is sufficient for it in every respect.

"If no man can make a law to govern himself, how can he, as a part of the national council, make laws for the nation?"

EDUCATION.

"Human education ought to take the side of the spirit instead of the side of nature.

"Education fails in its duty, when it brings the free-will spirit to uniformity in matter, instead of unity in the love spirit: when it gives an external straightness, instead of internal rectitude.

"Very vague ideas prevail of a truly spiritual culture, that is, a culture of spirit with spirit prior to a cultivation of mind with mind.

"The teacher must quicken spirit with spirit, and not try to quicken spirit with knowledge, or with exterior and inferior circumstances.

"A child's faith has much to encounter, having spirit for its standard, and meeting with its senses nothing but matter.

"Let a child meet spirit in every human being, that it may be quickly turned from matter to spirit, and then from spirit (individual) to spirit (universal.)"

MUTUAL AND SELF-INSTRUCTION.

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to write a sketch of what goes on within him in any twelve hours of the day, and then see if it be better to preserve or to burn it.

"If he burns it, he will be convinced by this typic illustration, that some internal burning is necessary.

"Any person may test himself in this manner, and then doctrines or arguments are unnecessary."

SPIRIT.

"Man's return is from science to conscience, and from conscience to spirit.

"Learning will not supply the place of spirit, but spirit will supply the place of learning. Spirit is the wisdom in words, and the life in practice.

"When we are with the spirit, acting with the spirit, we cannot do anything wrong, but when we are acting for the spirit, we may fail, as we may have mistaken our directions or our duty, and the more likely as the spirit acknowledges no works but those which it is present at the doing of.

"Man makes a sad mistake when he relates himself to consequences, and forgets his more precious and antecedent relation with spirit. The longer he does this, he so confounds himself in his own deeds, that he forgets he, himself, is a deed, or a work of a higher, not yet in a finished state, and which he interrupts greatly by his darkening and deteriorating measures."

PHRENOLOGY.

"Phrenology explains to us, that besides our animal organization, we have a spiritual organization, which spiritual organization needs a spirit-culture, and without which spirit-culture, man remains but a rational animal."

REFORM.

"What a nation should and ought to possess, it must not have until it has progressed to the ground for the same, or until it be acting from the permanent ground.

"The permanent change will render the outward change necessary; but the want of a change will not bring about the permanent change.

"What man has gained for himself within, from the spirit, the spirit will give him an authority to ask for without, and assist him to obtain it.

"Man's fitness is himself, not his wishes or desires. As the foot is, so should the shoe be, and not otherwise."

ASSOCIATION.

"We must agree together in some third if we are to act together; it is not two but three that are to make the two, and that which unites them.

"The thing to be done will not unite the doers."

MEMORY.

"Man is not memory: the spirit in man is memory, and is purpose. Memory is performed in spirit; and man is not spirit, but spiritual. If the spiritual be not with spirit, where is memory? If the spiritual be only with matter, memory is as little in man as in the trees.

"If memory were not spirit, how could it act in its oneness as it does! If it were spiritual, it would like spirituality be participable; but as spirit it is absolute unity.

"Without the spirit there would be no oneness, and memory in man is this oneness, this spirit, this antecedent that is absolutely indivisible.

"Memory is that which carries on all the uniting processes in man. Whatsoever the faculties hold to it, it holds together; and what does not obtain hold of it, is seen by the faculty's failing. Man in some of his faculties may have worked in spirit and with spirit, and in other faculties not; and this will account for the readiness and backwardness of man's particular relation with memory."

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