The improvement of the mind, or A supplement to the art of logic. By I. Watts. Also his posthumous works, publ. by D. Jennings and P. Doddridge

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Page 78 - Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him. 5 Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.
Page 71 - 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 343 - I would know the words which he would answer me, And understand what he would say unto me. Will he plead against me with his great power? No, but he would put strength in me.
Page 75 - Observe this rule in general; whensoever it lies in your power to lead the conversation, let it be directed to some profitable point of knowledge or practice, so far as may be done with decency; and let not the discourse and the hours be suffered to run loose without aim or design : and when a subject is started, pass not hastily to another, before you have brought the present theme or discourse to some tolerable issue, or a joint consent to drop it.
Page 135 - ... with certainty. It is most probable that those very fibres, pores, or traces of the brain, which assist at the first idea or perception of any object, are the same which assist also at the recollection of it...
Page 80 - 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 in the blood. Let no sharp language, no noisy exclamation, no sarcasms or biting jests be heard among you ; no perverse or invidious consequences be drawn from each other's opinions, and imputed to the person...
Page 145 - Sounds which address the ear are lost and die In one short hour ; but that which strikes the eye Lives long upon the mind; the faithful sight Engraves the knowledge with a beam of light.
Page 238 - Train up a child in the way that he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.
Page 20 - Once a day, especially in the early years of life and study, call yourselves to an account what new ideas, what new proposition or truth you have gained, what further confirmation of known truths, and what advances you have made in any part of knowledge ; and let no day, if possible, pass away without some intellectual gain; such a course, well pursued, must certainlv advance us in useful knowledge.
Page 26 - Yes, if you cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding, if you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.

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