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A man may smoke, or drink, or take snuff, till he is unable to pass away his time without it, not to mention how our delight in any particular study, art, or science, rises and improves in proportion to the application which we bestow upon it. Thus, what was at first an exercise, becomes at length an entertainment.
      - Joseph Addison

O Granta! sweet Granta! where studious of ease,
  I slumbered seven years, and then lost by degrees.
      - Christopher Anstey,
        New Bath Guide--Epilogue

Studies teach not their own use; but that is a wisdom without them, and above them, won by observation.
      - Francis Bacon

Histories make men wise; poets, witty; the mathematics, subtile; natural philosophy, deep; morals, grave; logic and rhetoric, able to contend.
      - Francis Bacon, Essays--Of Studies

When night hath set her silver lamp high,
  Then is the time for study.
      - Philip James Bailey, Festus
         (sc. A Village Feast)

You are to come to your study as to the table, with a sharp appetite, whereby that which you read may the better digest. He that has no stomach to his book will very hardly thrive upon it.
      - William Russell Bedford, 5th Earl and 1st Duke of Bedford

Whatever study tends neither directly nor indirectly to make us better men and citizens is at best but a specious and ingenious sort of idleness; and the knowledge we acquire by it only a creditable kind of ignorance, nothing more.
      - 1st Viscount Bolingbroke, Henry St. John

Strive, while improving your one talent, to enrich your whole capital as a man. It is in this way that you escape from the wretched narrow-mindedness which is the characteristic of every one who cultivates his specialty alone.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

The man who has acquired the habit of study, though for only one hour every day in the year, and keeps to the one thing studied till it is mastered, will be startled to see the way he has made at the end of a twelvemonth.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Exhausting thought,
  And having wisdom with each studious year.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Childe Harold (canto III, st. 107)

There are more men ennobled by study than by nature.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

These (literary) studies are the food of youth, and consolation of age; they adorn prosperity, and are the comfort and refuge of adversity; they are pleasant at home, and are no incumbrance abroad; they accompany us at night, in our travels, and in our rural retreats.
  [Lat., Haec studia adolecentiam alunt, senectutem oblectant, secundas res ornant, adversis solatium et perfugium praebent, delectant domi, non impediunt foris, pernoctant nobiscum, peregrinantur, rusticantur.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        Oratio Pro Licinio Archia (VII)

The ancient practice of allowing land to remain fallow for a season is now exploded, and a succession of different crops found preferable. The case is similar with regard to the understanding, which is more relieved by change of study than by total inactivity.
      - William Benton Clulow

He that studies only men will get the body of knowledge without the soul; and he that studies only books, the soul without the body.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Study without reflection is a waste of time; reflection without study is dangerous.
      - Confucius

Me therefore studious of laborious ease.
      - William Cowper, Task (bk. III, The Garden)

Amusement to an observing mind is study.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

If one studies too zealously, one easily loses his pants.
      - Albert Einstein

Never regard study as a duty, but as the enviable opportunity to learn to know the liberating influence of beauty in the realm of the spirit for your own personal joy and to the profit of the community to which your later work belongs.
      - Albert Einstein

The resources of the scholar are proportioned to his confidence in the attributes of the intellect.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Studious of elegance and ease.
      - John Gay, Fables (pt. II, no. 8)

For he as studious--of his ease.
      - John Gay, Poems on Several Occasions
         (II, 49), (ed. 1752)

The love of study, a passion which derives fresh vigor from enjoyment, supplies each day, each hour, with a perpetual source of independent and rational pleasure.
      - Edward Gibbon

A boy will learn more true wisdom in a public school in a year than by a private education in five. It is not from masters, but from their equals, that youth learn a knowledge of the world.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

The intellectual husbandry is a good field, and it is the worst husbandry in the world to sow it with trifles.
      - Sir Matthew Hale

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