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Not meddling with Divinity, Metaphysicks, Moralls, Politicks, Grammar, Rhetorick, or Logick.
      - Robert Hooke, about the Royal Society

Even those to whom Providence has allotted greater strength of understanding can expect only to improve a single science.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Study requires solitude, and solitude is a state dangerous to those who are too much accustomed to sink into themselves.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Study is the bane of boyhood, the aliment of youth, the indulgence of manhood, and the restorative of age.
      - Walter Savage Landor

The secret studies of an author are the sunken piers upon which is to rest the bridge of his fame, spanning the dark waters of oblivion. They are out of sight, but without them no superstructure can stand secure.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

As turning the logs will make a dull fire burn, so changes of studies a dull brain.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,

Practical application is the only mordant which will set things in the memory. Study without it is gymnastics, and not work, which alone will get intellectual bread.
      - James Russell Lowell

You are in some brown study.
      - John Lyly (Lylie or Lyllie), Euphues
         (p. 80), (Arber's reprint)(1579)

They are not the best students who are most dependent on books. What can be got out of them is at best only material; a man must build his house for himself.
      - George MacDonald

As land is improved by sowing it with various seeds, so is the mind by exercising it with different studies.
      - William Melmoth ("Sir Thomas Fitzosborne")

Beholding the bright countenance of truth in the quiet and still air of delightful studies.
      - John Milton,
        Reason of Church Government--Introduction
         (bk. II)

Examples teach us that in military affairs, and all others of a like nature, study is apt to enervate and relax the courage of man, rather than to give strength and energy to the mind.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

The love of study is in us the only lasting passion. All the others quit us in proportion as this miserable machine which holds them approaches its ruins.
      - Charles de Montesquieu (Charles-Louis de Secondat)

The whole worl's in a state o' chassis.
      - Sean O'Casey, Juno and the Paycock

A few books, well studied, and thoroughly digested, nourish the understanding more than hundreds but gargled in the mouth, as ordinary students use.
      - Francis Osborne (Osborn)

Studious of ease, and fond of humble things.
      - Ambrose Philips,
        Epistles from Holland, to a Friend in England
         (l. 21)

There is no study that is not capable of delighting us after a little application to it.
      - Alexander Pope

If you devote your time to study, you will avoid all the irksomeness of this life; nor will you long for the approach of night, being tired of the day; nor will you be a burden to yourself, nor your society insupportable to others.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Leisure without study is death, and the grave of a living man.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Fall to them, as you find your stomach serves you:
  No profit grows where is no pleasure ta'en;--
    In brief, sir, study what you most affect.
      - William Shakespeare

Universal plodding prisons up
  The nimble spirits in the arteries;
    As motion, and long-during action tires
      The sinewy vigor of the traveller.
      - William Shakespeare

What is the end of study? Let me know?
  Why, that to know, which else we should not know.
    Things hid and barr'd, you mean, from common sense?
      Ay, that is study's god-like recompense.
      - William Shakespeare

I'll talk a word with this same learned Theban.
  What is your study?
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (King Lear at II, vi)

(Berowne:) What is the end of study, let me know?
  (King:) What, that to know which else we should not know.
    (Berowne:) Things hid and barred, you mean, from common sense?
      (King:) Ay, that is study's godlike recompense.
      - William Shakespeare, Love's Labor's Lost
         (Berowne & King Ferdinand at I, i)

So study evermore is overshot.
  While it doth study to have what it would,
    It doth forget to do the thing it should;
      And when it hath the thing it hunteth most,
        'Tis won as towns with fire; so won, so lost.
      - William Shakespeare, Love's Labor's Lost
         (Berowne at I, i)

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