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Much reading, like a too great repletion, stops up, through a course of diverse, sometimes contrary opinions, the access of a nearer, newer, and quicker invention of your own.

Multifarious reading weakens the mind more than doing nothing, for it becomes a necessity, at last, like smoking: and is an excuse for the mind to lie dormant whilst thought is poured in, and runs through, a clear stream over unproductive gravel, on which not even mosses grow. It is the idlest of all idleness, and leaves more of impotency than any other.

My early and invincible love of reading, I would not exchange for the treasures of India.

Never read a book through merely because you have begun it.

No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting.

No man can read with profit that which he cannot learn to read with pleasure. If I do not find in a book something which I am looking for, or am ready to receive, then the book is no book for me however much it may be for another man.

One may as well be asleep as to read for anything but to improve his mind and morals, and regulate his conduct.

One must be an inventor to read well. - As the proverb says, "He that would bring home the wealth of the Indies must carry out the wealth of the In­dies." - There is creative reading as well as creative writing. - When the mind is braced by labor and invention, the page of whatever book we read becomes luminous with manifold allusion. Every sentence is doubly significant, and the sense of our author is as broad as the world.

One must be rich in thought and character to owe nothing to books, though preparation is necessary to profitable reading; and the less reading is better than more;--book-struck men are of all readers least wise, however knowing or learned.

One of the amusements of idleness is reading without the fatigue of close attention, and the world, therefore, swarms with writers whose wish is not to be studied but to be read.

One ought to read just as inclination takes him, for what he reads as a task will do him little good.

Read much, but not many works.

Read not books alone, but men, and amongst them chiefly thyself. - If thou find anything questionable there, use the commentary of a severe friend, rather than the gloss of a sweet-lipped flatterer; there is more profit in a distasteful truth than in deceitful sweetness.

Read not to contradict and confute, nor to believe and take for granted, nor to find talk and discourse, but to weigh and consider. Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested; that is, some books are to be read only in parts; others to be read, but not curiously; and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.

Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.

Read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest.

Read, read, search, and refine your appetite; learn to live upon instruction; feast your mind and mortify your flesh. - Read and take your nourishment in all your eyes; shut up your mouth, and chew the cud of understanding.

Reading - the best state yet to keep absolute loneliness at bay.

Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms.

Reading a novel in which all characters illustrate patience, hard work, chastity, and delayed gratification could be a pretty dull experience.


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