Echoes of Franklin and Aristotle

I finished reading Hannah Webster Foster’s The Boarding School (1798), and I like to see the influence of both Aristotle and Franklin on her thinking, evident in the following passages:

[T]he foundation of a useful and happy life must be laid in youth, and that much depends on the early infusion of virtuous principles into the docile mind.

We ought never to be idle. No moment should be unoccupied. Some employment, salutary, either to body or mind, or both, should be constantly pursued.

 

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