The applicability or non-applicability of the Christian precept
to his own case was too difficult a question to be discussed lightly, and this question had long ago been answered by Alexey Alexandrovitch in the negative.
It has also always been my precept
and practice, as it was my dear husband's precept
and practice before me (see Sermon XXIX.
All the Pickwickians were in most blooming array; and there was a terrific roaring on the grass in front of the house, occasioned by all the men, boys, and hobbledehoys attached to the farm, each of whom had got a white bow in his button-hole, and all of whom were cheering with might and main; being incited thereto, and stimulated therein by the precept
and example of Mr.
She now commenced to practise her husband's precepts
Let us suppose an inhabitant of some remote and superior region, yet unskilled in the ways of men, having read and considered the precepts
of the gospel, and the example of our Saviour, to come down in search of the true church: if he would not inquire after it among the cruel, the insolent, and the oppressive; among those who are continually grasping at dominion over souls as well as bodies; among those who are employed in procuring to themselves impunity for the most enormous villainies, and studying methods of destroying their fellow-creatures, not for their crimes but their errors; if he would not expect to meet benevolence, engage in massacres, or to find mercy in a court of inquisition, he would not look for the true church in the Church of Rome.
They who set themselves to give precepts
must of course regard themselves as possessed of greater skill than those to whom they prescribe; and if they err in the slightest particular, they subject themselves to censure.
At the end of that period, if I shall have discovered any new precepts
of happiness better than what Heaven has already taught you, they shall assuredly be given to the world.
He exerted himself, during his sojourn among this simple and well-disposed people, to inculcate, as far as he was able, the gentle and humanizing precepts
of the Christian faith, and to make them acquainted with the leading points of its history; and it speaks highly for the purity and benignity of his heart, that he derived unmixed happiness from the task.
We have already said that, among the endless variety of religious instructors, the settlers were accustomed to hear every denomination urge its own distinctive precepts
, and to have found one indifferent to this Interesting subject would have been destructive to his influence.
This leaving of the younger children she had decided to be for the best; were she to remain they would probably gain less good by her precepts
than harm by her example.
The married couple ought also to regard the precepts
of physicians and naturalists, each of whom have treated on these [1335b] subjects.
Of the three precepts
of Freemasonry Pierre realized that he did not fulfill the one which enjoined every Mason to set an example of moral life, and that of the seven virtues he lacked two- morality and the love of death.