Isaac Watts

Isaac
Watts
1674
1748

English Divine, Hymn Writer, Theologian and Logician

Author Quotes

Joy to the world! the Lord is come;Let earth receive her King. Let ev'ry heart prepare Him room,And heav'n and nature sing,

Maintain a constant watch at all times against a dogmatical spirit: fix not your assent to any proposition in a firm and unalterable manner, till you have some firm and unalterable ground for it, and till you have arrived at some clear and sure evidence.

Do not hover always on the surface of things, nor take up suddenly with mere appearances; but penetrate into the depth of matters, as far as your time and circumstances allow, especially in those things which relate to your own profession. Do not indulge yourselves to judge of things by the first glimpse, or a short and superficial view of them; for this will fill the mind with errors and prejudices, and give it a wrong turn and ill habit of thinking, and make much work for retraction.

If you only make your addresses to God in the morning and evening, and forget him all the day, your hearts will grow indifferent in worship.

Two sentiments alone suffice for man, were he to live the age of the rocks, love, and the contemplation of the Deity.

Kind words toward those you daily meet, kind words and actions right, will make this life of our most sweet, turn darkness into light.

The calmest and serenest hours of life, when the passions of nature are all silent, and the mind enjoys its most perfect composure.

The mind's the standard of the man.

Reading and conversation may furnish us with many ideas of men and things, yet it is our own meditation that must form our judgment.

Study detains the mind by the perpetual occurrence of something new, which may gratefully strike the imagination.

A hermit who has been shut up in his cell in a college has contracted a sort of mould and rust upon his soul.

Do not be deceived; happiness and enjoyment do not lie in wicked ways.

Vice and virtue chiefly imply the relation of our actions to men in this world; sin and holiness rather imply their relation to God and the other world.

Preserve your conscience always soft and sensitive. If but one sin force its way into that tender part of the soul and dwell thee, the road is paved for a thousand iniquities.

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First Name
Isaac
Last Name
Watts
Birth Date
1674
Death Date
1748
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English Divine, Hymn Writer, Theologian and Logician