The Improvement of the Mind

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Hickling, Swan and Brown, 1855 - Self-culture - 234 pages
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Isaac Watts (1674-1748) was an English Christian musician, theologian and logician. He was a prolific hymn writer, recognized as the "Father of English Hymnody". He wrote some 750 hymns, including ... Read full review

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Page 94 - What shall we say then ? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound ? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein...
Page 146 - Who sees with equal eye, as God of all, A hero perish, or a sparrow fall, Atoms or systems into ruin hurl'd, And now a bubble burst, and now a world.
Page 195 - Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona; for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father who is in heaven.
Page 58 - General observations drawn from particulars are the jewels of knowledge, comprehending great store in a little room ; but they are therefore to be made with the greater care and caution, lest, if we take counterfeit for true, our loss and shame be the greater when our stock comes to a severe scrutiny.
Page 194 - My Lord and my God. Jesus saith to Him : Because thou hast seen Me, Thomas, thou hast believed ; blessed are they who have not seen, and have believed.
Page 34 - My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee, so that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding ; if thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures ; then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.
Page 104 - As you may sometimes raise inquiries for your own instruction and improvement, and draw out the learning, wisdom, and fine sentiments of your friends, who perhaps may be too reserved or modest ; so at other times, if you perceive a person unskilful in the matter of debate, you may, by questions aptly proposed in the Socratic method, lead him into a clearer knowledge of the subject : then you become his instructor, in such a manner as may not appear to make yourself his superior. 11. Take heed of...
Page 47 - Though observation and instruction, reading, and conversation, may furnish us with many ideas of men and things, yet it is our own meditation, and the labour of our own thoughts, that must form our judgment of things.
Page 120 - He allows that — the master of a family using proper rewards and gentle punishments towards his children, teaches them goodness, and by this help instructs them in a virtue which afterwards they practise upon other grounds, • and without thinking of a penalty or a bribe : and this, says he, is what we call a liberal education and a liberal service.
Page 105 - Banish utterly out of all conversation, and especially out of all learned and intellectual conference, every thing, that tends to provoke passion, or raise a fire it the blood.

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