Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Purpose of Education

Advice from William B. Sprague to his daughter in the mid-1800s:

"I would have you, then, in the first place, bear in mind that the great object of your education is to enable you to bring into exercise the powers which God has given you in such a manner as shall contribute most to His glory. For all the noble faculties with which you are gifted, you are indebted to the same Being Who gave you your existence: on Him also you are dependent for their preservation; and it is a first dictate of reason that they should be employed in His service. ... The object of education then is twofold: to develop the faculties and to direct them; to bring out the energies of the soul, and to bring them to operate to the glory of the Creator. In other words, it is to render you useful to the extent of your ability."
- Quoted in So Much More by Anna Sophia and Elizabeth Botkin; emphasis mine.


Allison said...

That's a great quote. I love it!

Victoria Anne said...

Beautiful words and beautiful young woman!

Thank you, Miriam !

Love, Anna's mom.

Miriam Rebekah said...

Wonderful quote, Anna!

Mrs. Victoria, Anna is stealing pictures of me to post with. =)

Anna Naomi said...

I knew you wouldn't mind, Miriam. =)