“How to Improve Your Mind”, The Ideas of Isaac Watts

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Happy Birthday to Isaac Watts (July 17, 1674 – November 25, 1748) was an hymnwriter, theologian and logician born in Southhampton, England. He is credited with writing around 750 hymns and is recognized as the “Father of English Hymnody.”

Excerpts from his book, “The Improvement of the Mind”

1. Dig Deeper, Don’t be So Shallow!

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 own profession. Do not indulge yourselves to judge of things by the first glimpse, or a short and superficial view of them; for this will fill the mind with errors and prejudices, and give it a wrong turn and ill habit of thinking, and make much work for retraction.

2. Travel to Enlarge Your World View.

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