Isaac Watts Quotes
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Isaac Watts is recognised as the "Father of English Hymnody", as he was the first prolific and popular English hymnwriter, credited with some 750 hymns. Many of his hymns remain in active use today and have been translated into many languages.
His education led him to the pastorate of a large Independent Chapel in London, and he also found himself in the position of helping trainee preachers, despite poor health. Taking work as a private tutor, he lived with the non-conformist Hartopp family at Fleetwood House, Abney Park in Stoke Newington, and later in the household of Sir Thomas Abney and Lady Mary Abney at Theobalds, Cheshunt, in Hertfordshire, and at their second residence, Abney House, Stoke Newington.
Though a non-conformist, Sir Thomas practised occasional conformity to the Church of England as necessitated by his being Lord Mayor of London 1700-01. Likewise, Isaac Watts held religious opinions that were more non-denominational or ecumenical than was at that time common for a non-conformist, having a greater interest in promoting education and scholarship, than preaching for any particular ministry.
| To be angry about trifles is mean and childish; to rage and be furious is brutish; and to maintain perpetual wrath is akin to the practice and temper of devils; but to prevent and suppress rising resentment is wise and glorious, is manly and divine.|
| The very substance which last week was grazing in the field, waving in the milk pail, or growing in the garden, is now become part of the man.|
| A hermit who has been shut up in his cell in a college has contracted a sort of mould and rust upon his soul.|
| Some persons believe everything that their kindred, their parents, and their tutors believe. The veneration and the love which they have for their ancestors incline them to swallow down all their opinions at once, without examining what truth or falsehood there is in them. Men take their principles by inheritance, and defend them as they would their estates, because they are born heirs to them.|
Topics: Apathy, Truth, Parents
| As a man may be eating all day, and for want of digestion is never nourished, so these endless readers may cram themselves in vain with intellectual food.|
| If a book has no index or good table of contents, it is very useful to make one as you are reading it.|
| Talking over the things which you have read with your companions fixes them on the mind.|
Topics: Books, Reading
| In common discourse we denominate persons and things according to the major part of their character; he is to be called a wise man who has but few follies.|
Topics: Character, Wisdom
| Satirists do expose their own ill nature.|
| Learn good-humor, never to oppose without just reason; abate some degree of pride and moroseness.|
| When two or three sciences are pursued at the same time if one of them be dry, as logic, let another be more entertaining, to secure the mind from weariness.|
| The child taught to believe any occurrence a good or evil omen, or any day of the week lucky, hath a wide inroad made upon the soundness of his understanding.|
Topics: Children, Education