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By reading a man does, as it were, antedate his life, and make himself contemporary with the ages past; and this way of running up beyond one's nativity is better than Plato's pre-existence.
      - Jeremy Collier

When in reading we meet with any maxim that may be of use, we should take it for our own, and make an immediate application of it, as we would of the advice of a friend whom we have purposely consulted.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Read and take your nourishment in at your eyes; shut up your mouth and chew the cud of understanding.
      - William Congreve

Read, read, sirrah, and refine your appetite; learn to live upon instruction; frost your mind and mortify your flesh.
      - William Congreve

The mind, relaxing into needful sport,
  Should turn to writers of an abler sort,
    Whose wit well managed, and whose classic style,
      Give truth a lustre, and make wisdom smile.
      - William Cowper, Retirement (l. 715)

But truths on which depends our main concern,
  That 'tis our shame and misery not to learn,
    Shine by the side of every path we tread
      With such a lustre he that runs may read.
      - William Cowper, Tirocinium (l. 77)

The man who is fond of books is usually a man of lofty thought and of elevated opinions.
      - Rev. George Dawson

Some members of the younger generation can move from comic books to science fiction to the Oresteia in two jumps.
      - Reuel Nicholas Denney, The Astonished Muse
         (p. 35)

Sentences are like sharp nails which force truth upon our memory.
      - Denis Diderot

Some will read only old books, as if there were no valuable truths to be discovered in modern publications: others will only read new books, as if some valuable truths are not among the old. Some will not read a book because they know the author: others . . . would also read the man.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

We are now in want of an art to teach how books are to be read rather than to read them. Such an art is practicable.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

A great work always leaves us in a state of musing.
      - Isaac D'Israeli

The delight of opening a new pursuit, or a new course of reading, imparts the vivacity and novelty of youth even to old age.
      - Isaac D'Israeli,
        Literary Character of Men of Genius
         (ch. XXII)

Uncertain whose the narrowest span,--the clown unread, or half-read gentleman.
      - John Dryden

I should as soon think of swimming across the Charles River when I wish to go to Boston, as of reading all my books in originals, when I have them rendered for me in my mother tongue.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Read proudly--put the duty of being read invariably on the author. If he is not read, whose fault is it? I am quite ready to be charmed, but I shall not make-believe I am charmed.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson,
        in an address dedicating Concord library, May, 1873

'T is the good reader that makes the good book: a good head cannot read amiss.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is creative reading as well as creative writing.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

'Tis the good reader that makes the good book; a good head cannot read amiss, in every book he finds passages which seem confidences or asides hidden from all else and unmistakably meant for his ear.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

I like to be beholden to the great metropolitan English speech, the sea which receives tributaries from every region under heaven. I should as soon think of swimming across the Charles river when I wish to go to Boston, as of reading all my books in originals, when I have them rendered for me in my mother tongue.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays--Books

Our high respect for a well-read man is praise enough for literature.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson,
        Letters and Social Aims--Quotation and Originality

If we encountered a man or rare intellect, we should ask him what books he read.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson,
        Letters and Social Aims--Quotations and Originality

Men of power have no time to read; yet the men who do not read are unfit for power.
      - Michael Foot

Thou mayest as well expect to grow stronger by always eating, as wiser by always reading. Too much overcharges nature, and turns more into disease than nourishment.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

Let us read with method, and propose to ourselves an end to what our studies may point. The use of reading is to aid us in thinking.
      - Edward Gibbon


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