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You ride pretty well, but you had better go through the manege. Every gentleman should be a perfect cavalier.
As you are to be at home for so short a time, and for other reasons, I think it better that you should not have a tutor in the house. Parcel out your morning, then, for your separate masters. Rise early and regularly, and read for three hours. Read the Memoirs of the Cardinal de Retz--the Life of Richelieu--everything about Napoleon,--read works of that kind.Read no history: nothing but biography, for that is life without theory.Then fence. Talk an hour with your French master, but do not throw the burden of the conversation upon him. Give him an account of something. Describe to him the events of yesterday, or give him a detailed account of the constitution. You will have then sufficiently rested yourself for your dancing. And after that ride and amuse yourself as much as you can. Amusement to an observing mind is study.
I pursued the system which my father had pointed out, with exactness, and soon with... Disraeli, Benjamin
Excerpt from The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 20, No. 556, July 7, 1832 · This quote is about biography · Search on Google Books to find all references and sources for this quotation.
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