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ISAAC WATTS
English minister
(1674 - 1748)
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Learn good-humor, never to oppose without just reason; abate some degree of pride and moroseness.
      - [Good Humor]

Logic helps us to strip off the outward disguise of things, and to behold and judge of them in their own nature.
      - [Logic]

Nothing tends so much to enlarge the mind as traveling.
      - [Travel]

O God, our help in ages past,
  Our hope for years to come,
    Be Thou our guard while troubles last,
      And our eternal home!
      - [God]

One, glance of Thine creates a day.
      - [Day]

Poesy and oratory omit things not essential, and insert little beautiful digressions, in order to place everything in the most effective light.
      - [Oratory]

Preserve your conscience always soft and sensitive. If but one sin force its way into that tender part of the soul and dwell there, the road is paved for a thousand iniquities.
      - [Conscience]

Reason is the glory of human nature, and one of the chief eminences whereby we are raised above the beasts, in this lower world.
      - [Reason]

Roses grow on thorns and honey wears a sting.
      - [Proverbs]

Satan finds some mischief still
  For idle hands to do.
      - [Proverbs]

Satirists do expose their own ill nature.
      - [Satire]

So shines the setting sun on adverse skies, and paints a rainbow on the storm.
      - [Rainbows]

Some have a violent and turgid manner of talking and thinking; they are always in extremes, and pronounce concerning everything in the superlative.
      - [Style]

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.
      - [Prejudice]

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

Talking over the things which you have read with your companions fixes them on the mind.
      - [Talking]

The calmest and serenest hours of life, when the passions of nature are all silent, and the mind enjoys its most perfect composure.
      - [Tranquility]

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.
      - [Superstition]

The eyes of a man in the jaundice make yellow observations on everything; and the soul tinctured with any passion diffuses a false color over the appearance of things.
      - [Prejudice]

The fondness we have for self furnishes another long rank of prejudices.
      - [Selfishness]

The passions are the gales of life; and it is religion only that can prevent them from rising into a tempest.
      - [Passion]

The rills of pleasure never run sincere,
  (Earth has no unpolluted spring)
    From the cursed soil some dang'rous taint they bear;
      So roses grow on thorns, and honey wears a sting.
      - [Proverbs]

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.
      - [Man]

Then let these useless streams be stayed; wear native courage in your face.
      - [Weeping]

Thou sun, whose beams adorn the spheres, and with unwearied swiftness move to form the circles of our years.
      - [Sun]


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