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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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Isaac Watts, More on Improving the Mind Through Observation

Previously III. More on Observation …in giving a few directions. concerning this method of improvement, I shall not so narrowly confine myself to the first mere impression of objects on the mind by observation, but include also some hints which relate to the first most easy and obvious reflections, or reasonings which arise from them. […]

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Isaac Watts Gives Excellent Advice to the Young

IN the previous installment of this series, Watts was giving some rather acerbic advice calculated to keep his young readers humble about their intellects. Now he ameliorates it: Here note, many of the foregoing advices are more peculiarly proper for those who are conceited of their abilities, and are ready to entertain a high opinion […]

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Isaac Watts on Getting Wisdom, cont

HE explained here the necessity of improving the mind. He shared his ideas on how to motivate oneself to pursue his area of self-development, self-=improvement. Having explained why, now he explains some specifics on what to do- and what to avoid: 1. Take a wide survey now and then of the vast and unlimited regions […]

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