Brace, Compel, and Do Right

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Do not let the children pass a day without distinct efforts, intellectual, moral, volitional; let them brace themselves to understand; let them compel themselves to do and to bear; and let them do right at the sacrifice of ease and pleasure: and this for many higher reasons, but, in the first and lowest place, that the mere physical organ of mind and will may grow vigorous with work.

Charlotte Mason, Volume 1, p. 22

{Emphasis is mine. This quote is highly convicting and pointed. I need to take Miss Mason’s advice in my own life and also consider it in my children’s lives. I’m rereading Volume 1 with friends and it is so good!}

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4 thoughts on “Brace, Compel, and Do Right

  1. That really is so good. I love how she is always drawing back to the physical, to the brain itself, to the body — she’s not afraid to say that “going through the motions” is actually effective at touching the heart. It’s something I see in myself to be true but it’s always nice to have her back it up. 😉

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