Precept

‘Tis precept and principle, not an estate, that makes a man good for something.

A great estate is a great disadvantage to those who do not know hot to use it, for nothing is more common than to see wealthy persons live scandalously and miserably; riches do them no service in order to virtue and happiness; it is precept and principle, not an estate, that makes a man good for something.

An ounce of practice is worth a pound of precept.

Example is more forcible than precept.

Precept and example, like the blades of a pair of scissors, are admirably adapted to their end when conjoined; separated, they lose the greater portion of their utility.

Example is always more efficacious than precept.

Example is better than precept.

Example prevails more than precept.

Too many follow example rather than precept; but it is safer to learn rather from precept than example. Man a wise teacher does not follow his own teaching; for it is easier to say, do this, than to do it. If then I see good doctrine with an evil life, though I pity the last, I will follow the first. Good sayings belong to all; evil actions only to their authors.

Charity is a magnet with more power to attract the divine influence than any other precept.

Examples is more forcible than precept. People look at my six days in the week to see what I mean on the seventh.

In ancient days the most celebrated precept was, “Know thyself;” in modern times it has been supplanted by the more fashionable maxim, “Know thy neighbor, and everything about him.”

Old Times have bequeathed us a precept, to be merry and wise, but who has been able to observe it?

In almost everything, experience is more valuable than precept.

Men trust their eyes rather than their ears; the road by precept is long and tedious, by example short and effectual.

In 1881… “The false and repulsive precept that mankind is perpetually called upon to avenge the sins and errors of the forefathers upon the innocent descendents, has ruled the world far too long, and has blotted the countries of Europe with shameful and abominable deeds, from which we turn away in horror.”

When we pray for any virtue, we should cultivate the virtue as well as pray for it; the form of your prayers should be the rule of your life; every petition to god is a precept to man.

Example is the best precept.

Example is the best precept.

Example is the best precept.