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EXAMPLE
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[ Also see Character Duty Emulation Experience Help Imitation Influence Maxims Precedent Precepts Reproof Symbols Teaching Temptation ]

The pulpit only "teaches" to be honest; the market-place "trains" to overreaching and fraud; and teaching has not a tithe of the efficiency of training. Christ never wrote a tract, but He went about doing good.
      - Horace Mann

He who should teach men to die, would at the same time teach them to live.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, Essays
         (bk. I, ch. XIX)

There are bad examples which are worse than crimes; and more states have perished from the violation of morality than from the violation of law.
      - Charles de Montesquieu (Charles-Louis de Secondat)

Think not, Sultan, that in the sequestered vale alone dwells virtue, and her sweet companion, with attentive eye, mild, affable benevolence! No, the first great gift we can bestow on others is a good example.
      - Sir Charles Morell

Every man is bound to tolerate the act of which be himself has set the example.
      - Phaedrus (Thrace of Macedonia)

Example acquires tenfold authority when it speaks from the grave.
      - Wendell Phillips

Examples draw where precept fails, and sermons are less read than tales.
      - Matthew Prior

If thou desire to see thy child virtuous, let him not see his father's vices; thou canst not rebuke that in children that they behold practiced in thee; till reason be ripe, examples direct more than precepts; such as thy behavior is before thy children's faces, such commonly is theirs behind their parents' backs.
      - Francis Quarles

Example is contagious behavior.
      - Charles Reade

It is a well-known psychological fact that the conscience of children is formed by the influences that surround them; and that their notions of good and evil are the result of the moral atmosphere they breathe.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

"Not the cry, but the flight of a wild duck," says a Chinese author, "leads the flock to fly and follow."
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

Example is a motive of very prevailing force on the actions of men.
      - Samuel Rogers

They asked Lucman the fabulist, From whom did you learn manners? He answered, From the unmannerly.
      - Moslih Eddin (Muslih-un-Din) Saadi (Sadi)

Man is an imitative creature, and whoever is foremost leads the herd.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

It is a world of mischief that may be done by a single example of avarice or luxury. One voluptuous palate makes many more.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Men trust rather to their eyes than to their ears; the effect of precepts is therefore slow and tedious, whilst that of examples is summary and effectual.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

The road by precepts is tedious, by example, short and efficacious.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Thieves for their robbery have authority, when judges steal themselves.
      - William Shakespeare

He was indeed the glass
  Wherein the noble youth did dress themselves.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part II
         (Lady Percy at II, iii)

Advice maybe wrong, but examples prove themselves.
      - Henry Wheeler Shaw (used pseudonyms Josh Billings and Uncle Esek)

Alexander received more bravery of mind by the pattern of Achilles than by hearing the definition of fortitude.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

Much more profitable and gracious is doctrine by example than by rule.
      - Edmund Spenser

Children will imitate their fathers in their vices, seldom in their repentance.
      - Charles Haddon Spurgeon

There is a transcendent power in example. We reform others unconsciously when we walk uprightly.
      - Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine (Soimonoff)

It is well to learn from the misfortunes of others what should be avoided.
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus)


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