The French, perhaps more than any other nation, cherish the memory of their dead by ornamenting their places of sepulture with the finest flowers, often renewing the garlands and replacing such plants as decay with vigorous and costly ones.
Always remember those things that tend to strengthen and improve your understanding. You cannot learn without attention, neither retain those lessons that you have once learnt without frequently reflecting upon and reviewing them in your mind; by this means, things long past will remain impressed upon your memory.
Nothing seems to me so likely to make people unhappy in themselves and at variance with others as the habit of killing time.
The duties of a teacher are neither few nor small, but they elevate the mind and give energy to the character.
Of my English friends, I should find language too poor to speak the just praise and the excellence which shines in their characters and lives.
By all means, have you give great attention to your arithmetic, as its advantages are so many and important.
I have little taste for fashionable dissipations, cards, and dancing; the theatre and tea parties are my aversion, and I look with little envy on those who find their enjoyment in such transitory delights, if delights they may be called.
There is, I think, great difficulty in writing of one’s self: it is almost impossible to present subjects where the chief actor must be conspicuous and not seem to be, or really be, egotistical.
To me, the avocation of a teacher has something elevating and exciting. While surrounded by the young, one may always be doing good.
What greater bliss than to look back on days spent in usefulness, in doing good to those around us.