57 Isaac Watts Quotes

  • "If a book has no index or good table of contents, it is very useful to make one as you are reading it."

    - Isaac Watts
    Topics: Books


  • "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."

    - Isaac Watts
    Topics: Truth


  • "Instructors should not only be skilful in those sciences which they teach, but have skill in the method of teaching, and patience in the practice."

    - Isaac Watts
    Topics: Education


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

    - Isaac Watts
    Topics: Truth


  • "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."

    - Isaac Watts
    Topics: Conscience, Sin


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

    - Isaac Watts
    Topics: Selfishness


  • "I believe the promises of God enough to venture an eternity on them."

    - Isaac Watts
    Topics: Faith, Eternity


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

    - Isaac Watts
    Topics: Temptation, Youth


  • "Some have a violent and turgid manner of talking and thinking; they are always in extremes, and pronounce concerning everything in the superlative."

    - Isaac Watts
    Topics: Preaching


  • "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 profession."

    - Isaac Watts
    Topics: Perseverance, Circumstances


  • "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."

    - Isaac Watts
    Topics: Anger


  • "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."

    - Isaac Watts
    Topics: Animals


  • "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."

    - Isaac Watts
    Topics: Truth


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

    - Isaac Watts
    Topics: Reasoning


  • "Among all the accomplishments of youth there is none preferable to a decent and agreeable behavior among men, a modest freedom of speech, a soft and elegant manner of address, a graceful and lovely deportment, a cheerful gravity and good-humor, with a mind appearing ever serene under the ruffling accidents of human life."

    - Isaac Watts
    Topics: Contentment, Youth, Freedom



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