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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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Isaac Watts quote for the Commonplace Book

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 […]

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