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Isaac Watts On Guarding Your Heart While Judging Books

Previously X. Another, and that a very frequent fault, in passing a judgment upon books, is this, that persons spread the same praises or the same reproaches over a whole treatise, and all the chapters in it, which are due only to some of them. They judge as it were by wholesale, without making a […]

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Isaac Watts

Previously IX. When a person feels any thing of this invidious humour working in him, he may by the following con sideration attempt the correction of it. Let him think with himself how many are the beauties of such an author whom he censures, in comparison of his blem ishes, and remember that it is […]

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Habits of Virtue

“A chief function of education is the establishment of such ways of thinking in children as shall issue in good and useful living, clear thinking, aesthetic enjoyment, and above all, in the religious life.” As Charlotte points out, “habit is inevitable. If we fail to ease life by laying down habits of right thinking and […]

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Isaac Watts on Getting Wisdom

Previously Isaac Watts, according to my understanding of his preface, essentially spent 20 years or so creating a commonplace book and journal of thoughts and reflections about thinking and philosophy (meta-cognition, says my newly Mastered of Education husband). ┬áThen he polished it up a bit and published it as a little book called The improvement […]

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