The Book of Virtues: A Treasury of Great Moral Stories

By William J. Bennett

Accountability. braveness. Compassion. Honesty. Friendship. endurance. religion. every body acknowledges those features as necessities of fine personality. to ensure that our youngsters to boost such characteristics, we need to provide them examples of excellent and undesirable, correct and improper. And the simplest locations to discover them are in nice works of literature and exemplary tales from heritage.

William J. Bennett has accumulated 1000s of reports in The booklet of Virtues, an instructive and encouraging anthology that may support young ones comprehend and increase personality -- and aid adults train them. From the Bible to American background, from Greek mythology to English poetry, from fairy stories to trendy fiction, those tales are a wealthy mine of ethical literacy, a competent ethical reference aspect that would aid anchor our youngsters and ourselves in our tradition, our heritage, and our traditions -- the assets of the beliefs wherein we want to reside our lives. whole with instructive introductions and notes, The booklet of Virtues is a publication the complete kinfolk can learn and revel in -- and study from -- jointly.

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Hence she kneaded one other, And nonetheless a smaller one; however it seemed, whilst she grew to become it over, As huge because the first had performed. Then she took a tiny scrap of dough, And rolled and rolled it flat; And baked it skinny as a wafer— yet she couldn’t half with that. For she acknowledged, “My tarts that appear too small whilst I devour them of myself, Are but too huge to offer away. ” So she placed them at the shelf. Then strong Saint Peter grew offended, For he was once hungry and faint; And definitely one of these girl used to be sufficient to impress a saint. And he stated, “You are a long way too egocentric To stay in a human shape, To have either nutrients and preserve, And hearth to maintain you hot. “Now, you shall construct because the birds do, And shall get your scanty nutrients through dull, and uninteresting, and dull, All day within the not easy, dry wooden. ” Then up she went throughout the chimney, by no means conversing a notice, And out of the head flew a woodpecker, For she was once replaced to a chook. She had a scarlet cap on her head, And that was once left an analogous, yet the entire remainder of her outfits have been burned Black as a coal within the flame. and each kingdom schoolboy Has visible her within the wooden, the place she lives within the bushes until this very day, uninteresting and uninteresting for foodstuff. And this is often the lesson she teaches: dwell no longer for your self by myself, Lest the desires you won't pity Shall someday be your individual. supply lots of what's given to you, hearken to pity’s name; Don’t imagine the little you supply is excellent, And the a lot you get is small. Now, my little boy, keep in mind that, and take a look at to be sort and stable, for those who see the woodpecker’s sooty gown, and notice her scarlet hood. You mayn’t be replaced to a chook even though you reside As selfishly as you could; yet you may be replaced to a smaller factor— an average and egocentric guy. the standard of Mercy William Shakespeare In might be the main recognized strains from The service provider of Venice, Portia, the heiress of Belmont, argues that mercy is a divine characteristic, and that we make ourselves in the direction of God once we workout it. The scene is a Venetian court docket. Portia, disguised as a attorney, is making an attempt to persuade the moneylender Shylock to renounce his criminal declare to a pound of Antonio’s flesh. the standard of mercy isn't really strain’d. It droppeth because the mild rain from heaven Upon where underneath. it truly is two times blest: It blesseth him that provides, and him that takes. ’Tis mightiest within the mightiest; it turns into The throned monarch greater than his crown. His scepter exhibits the strength of temporal energy, The characteristic to awe and majesty, in which doth take a seat the dread and worry of kings; yet mercy is above this sceptered sway; it's enthroned within the hearts of kings; it really is an characteristic to God himself; And earthly energy doth then convey likest God’s whilst mercy seasons justice. Echo and Narcissus Retold by way of Thomas Bulfinch In Greek mythology, Narcissus used to be a gorgeous formative years, the son of the river god Cephisus and the nymph Leiriope. His self-importance and heartlessness have made his identify eternally synonymous with severe self-infatuation. Self-absorption usually makes compassion most unlikely, and vice versa.

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