Watts, light, and conversation

“Conversation calls out into light what has been lodged in all the recesses and secret chambers of the soul; by occasional hints and incidents it brings old useful notions into remembrance; it unfolds and displays the hidden treasures of knowledge with which reading, observation, and study, had before furnished the mind. By mutual discourse, the soul is awakened and allured to bring forth its hoards of knowledge, and it learns how to render them most useful to mankind. A man of vast reading without conversation, is like a miser, who lives only to himself.”  Isaac Watts

The quote is from this short book / essay, which I’ve just skimmed – “The Improvement of the Mind” [Wikisource Link].  Apparently it inspired Michael Faraday to educate himself.

A cheery fellow.


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