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Isaac Watts Quotes

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Study detains the mind by the perpetual occurrence of something new, which may gratefully strike the imagination.

    Topics: Scripture

The fondness we have for self furnishes another long rank of prejudices.

    Topics: Selfishness

For one drop calls another down, till we are drowned in seas of grief.

    Topics: Suffering, Grief

I love the soul that dares tread the temptations of his years beneath his youthful feet.

    Topics: Temptation, Youth

Learning to trust is one of life's most difficult tasks.

    Topics: Trust, Learning

Disputation carries away the mind from that calm and sedate temper which is so necessary to contemplate truth.

    Topics: Truth

It was a saying of the ancients, "Truth lies in a well;" and to carry on this metaphor, we may justly say that logic does supply us with steps, whereby we may go down to reach the water.

    Topics: Truth

Raillery and wit were never made to answer our inquiries after truth, and to determine a question of rational controversy, though they may be sometimes serviceable to expose to contempt those inconsistent follies which have been first abundantly refuted by argument; they serve indeed only to cover nonsense with shame, when reason has first proved it to be mere nonsense.

    Topics: Truth

Vice and virtue chiefly imply the relation of our actions to men in this world; sin and holiness rather imply their relation to God and the other world.

    Topics: Virtue, God

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