Isaac Watts Quotes (115 quotes)
“In works of labour or of skill
I would be busy too:
For Satan finds some mischief still
For idle hands to do.”
Song 20: Against Idleness and Mischief. - Divine Songs Attempted in the Easy Language of Children (1715)
“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 profession.”
The Improvement of the Mind (1727), Ch. I, General Rules for the Improvement of Knowlege, Rule VII
Divine Songs Attempted in the Easy Language of Children (1715), Song 22: "Against Pride in Clothes"
“Were I so tall to reach the pole,
Or grasp the ocean with my span,
I must be measured by my soul;
The mind's the standard of the man.”
"False Greatness" in Horae Lyricae Book II (1706)
“From all who dwell below the skies
Let the Creator's praise arise;
Let the Redeemer's name be sung
Through every land, by every tongue.”
“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.”
Improvement of the Mind (1741), Ch. I, General Rules for the Improvement of Knowlege, Rule X Avoid a dogmatical spirit.
Hymn 79, Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Book I.
Hymn 88, Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Book I.
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsIsaac Watts
Born: July 17, 1674
Died: November 25, 1748 (aged 74)
Bio: Isaac Watts was an English hymnwriter, theologian and logician. A prolific and popular hymnwriter, he was recognised as the Father of English Hymnody, credited with some 650 hymns. Many of his hymns remain in use today, and have been translated into many languages.
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