Isaac Watts Quotes (115 quotes)
The Improvement of the Mind (1727), Chapter I
“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"
Divine Songs Attempted in the Easy Language of Children (1715), Song 20: "Against Idleness and Mischief"
“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)
“Our God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast,
And our eternal home.”
Psalm 90 Our God, our help in ages past st. 1 (1719).
“A thousand ages in Thy sight
Are like an evening gone;
Short as the watch that ends the night
Before the rising sun.”
Psalm 90 st. 4.
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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.