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STUDY
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Study is like the heaven's glorious sun,
  That will not be deep-searched with saucy looks:
    Small have continual plodders ever won,
      Save base authority from others' books.
      - William Shakespeare, Love's Labor's Lost
         (Berowne at I, i)

Dr. Johnson held that "impatience of study was the mental disease of the present generation;" and the remark is still applicable. We may not believe that there is a royal road to learning, but we seem to believe very firmly in a "popular" one.
      - Samuel Smiles

One of the best methods of rendering study agreeable is to live with able men, and to suffer all those pangs of inferiority which the want of knowledge always inflicts.
      - Sydney Smith,
        Second Lecture on the Conduct of the Understanding

I remember to have heard a great painter say: "There are certain faces for certain painters, as well as certain subjects for certain poets." This is as true in the choice of studies; and no one will ever relish an author thoroughly well who would not have been fit companion for that author, had they lived at the same time.
      - Sir Richard Steele

I study much, and the more I study, the oftener I go back to those first principles which are so simple that childhood itself can lisp them.
      - Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine (Soimonoff)

Iron sharpens iron; scholar, the scholar.
      - The Talmud

Priding himself in the pursuits of an inglorious ease.
  [Lat., Studiis florentem ignobilis oti.]
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        Georgics (4, 564)

Study detains the mind by the perpetual occurrence of something new, which may gratefully strike the imagination.
      - Isaac Watts

When two or three sciences are pursued at the same time if one of them be dry, as logic, let another be more entertaining, to secure the mind from weariness.
      - Isaac Watts

It is quite possible, and not uncommon, to read most laboriously, even so as to get by heart the words of a book, without really studying it at all,--that is, without employing the thoughts on the subject.
      - Archbishop Richard Whately

Trust, therefore, for the overcoming of a difficulty, not to long-continued study after you have once become bewildered, but to repeated trials at intervals.
      - Archbishop Richard Whately

I am still of opinion that only two topics can be of the least interest to a serious and studious mood--sex and the dead.
      - William Butler Yeats,
        The Letters of W .B. Yeats

If not to some peculiar end assign'd,
  Study's the specious trifling of the mind;
    Or is at best a secondary aim,
      A chase for sport alone and not for game.
      - Edward Young


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