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On Example, Consistency, Genuineness, Honesty and Influence

   A good example is the best sermon.

   Conduct has the loudest tongue.

   The parent's life is the child's copy-book. 

   As the old birds sing, the young ones twitter.

   Will not a man listen?  Be silent;  and prove thy maxim by 

   We live in an age that hath more need of good examples than 

   Never fear, thou losest not the hold, though thy mouth doth not 
   render a reason. 
                                                       M. Tupper

   An indulgent mother maketh a sluttish daughter. 

   When the dam leaps over, the kid follows. 

   Be sparing of advice by words, but teach thy lesson by example. 

                                                     M. Tupper

   Precepts may lead --- but examples draw.

   People look at my six days in the week, to see what I mean on 
   the seventh. 

   Who goes himself is in earnest;  who sends is indifferent.

   A good gaper makes two gapers.

   When you obey your superior, you instruct your inferior.

   It becomes not a law-maker to be a law-breaker.

   The consciousness that some are hearing cometh as a care; The 
   sense that some are watching near bindeth thee to caution. 

   The rotten apple injures his neighbor.

   A picture hath ruined souls, or raised them to commerce with 
   the skies.

   Mind hath its influence on mind;  and no man is free but when 

   Be the same thing that ye would be called.

   Who don't keep faith with God won't keep it with man.

   The will steadfast to the truth --- this is fidelity. 

   An honest man's the noblest work of God.

   Of all crafts, to be an honest man is the master-craft.

   Honesty is exact to a penny.

   The shortest and surest way to live with honor in this world is 
   to be in reality what we would appear to be; and if we observe 
   we shall find that all human virtues incease and strengthen 
   themselves by practice and experience of them. 


   There is a transcendent power in example. We reform others 
   unconsciously, when we walk uprightly. 
                                             Mad. Swetchine

   Men trust rather to their eyes than to their ears.  The effect 
   of precepts is, therefore, slow and tedious, while that of 
   examples is summary and effectual. 


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


   I am satisfied that we are less convinced by what we hear than 
   by what we see. 


   No man is so insignificant as to be sure his example can do no 

                                                Lord Clarendon

   Be a pattern to others, and then all will go well; for as a 
   whole city is in­fected by the licentious passions and vices of 
   great men, so it is likewise reformed by their moderation. 

   In early life I had nearly been betrayed into the principles 
   of infidelity; but there was one argument in favor of 
   Christianity that I could not refute, and that was the 
   consistent character and example of my own father. 

   Thou canst not rebuke in children what they see practised in 
   thee.  Till reason be ripe, examples direct more than precepts.  
   Such as is thy behavior before thy children's faces, such is 
   theirs behind thy back. 

   Live with wolves, and you will learn to howl. 

                               Spanish Proverb

   Example has more followers than reason.  We unconsciously 
   imitate what pleases us, and approximate to the characters we 
   most admire.  A generous habit of thought and action carries 
   with it an incalculable influence. 


   You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your 


   The conscience of children is formed by the influences that 
   surround them; their notions of good and evil are the result of 
   the moral atmosphere they breathe. 


   Of all commentaries upon the Scriptures, good examples are the 
   best and the liveliest. 

   None preaches better than the ant, and she says nothing. 


   A world of mischief may be done by a single example of avarice 
   or luxury. One voluptuous palate makes many more. 

   Whatever parent gives his children good instruction, and sets 
   them at the same time a bad example, may be con­sidered as 
   bringing them food in one hand, and poison in the other. 

   Not the cry, but the flight of the wild duck, leads the flock 
   to fly and follow. 

                                        Chinese Proverb

   We are all of us more or less echoes repeating involuntarily 
   the virtues, the defects, the movements, and the characters of 
   those among whom we live. 


   Nothing is so infectious as example. 

                            Charles Kingsley

   We can do more good by being good, than in any other way. 

                                                 Rowland Hill

   Example is the school of mankind; they will learn at no other. 


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