A sound constitution, a good character, and a well-furnished mind are in the experience of the author the essential foundations for a full and useful life. In this book an attempt will be made to draw some thoughts together from a wide spectrum of sources which have proved of great value in the promotion of these ideals. For individual and nation the practice of high principle in private and public life can only be achieved by acknowledging virtues such as those set down by Plato in the Republic, namely: wisdom, courage, temperance and justice.
If that rightful education is to be achieved and if we are to encourage in our children such high aspirations, the writer concludes that 4 vital precepts must be observed:
1 What we practice we become
2 There are basic principles of life that induce happiness
3 There can be no permanent happiness without a measure of discipline
4 The best guidance of life is gleaned from the wisdom of the master teachers of humanity and the teachings of love enshrined in traditional wisdom.