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I may cast my readers under two general divisions, the mercurial and the saturnine. The first are the gay part of my disciples, who require speculations of wit and humour; the others are those of a more solemn and sober turn.
Joseph Addison
I would have him read over the celebrated works of antiquity, which have stood the test of so many different ages.
Joseph Addison
I would have him read over the celebrated works of antiquity, which have stood the test of so many different ages.
Joseph Addison
A reader cannot be more rationally entertained than by comparing and drawing a parallel between his own private character and that of other persons.
Joseph Addison
As long looking against the sun or fire hurteth the eye by dilatation, so curious printing in small volumes, and reading of small letters, do hurt the eye by contraction.
Francis Bacon
We ought certainly to read blank verse so as to make every line sensible to the ear; at the same time, in doing so, every appearance of sing-song and tone must be carefully guarded against.
Hugh Blair
Read Homer once, and you can read no more,
For all books else appear so mean, so poor,
Verse will seem prose; but still persist to read,
And Homer will be all the books you need.
Buckingham
Graceful, ingenious, illuminative reading.
Thomas Carlyle
Shall a rascal, because he has read books, talk pertly to me?
Colley Cibber
Force yourself to reflect on what you read, paragraph by paragraph.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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
A man may 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.
Jeremy Collier
Read, read, sirrah, and refine your appetite; learn to live upon instruction; feast your mind, and mortify your flesh: Read, and take your nourishment in at your eyes, shut up your mouth, and chew the cud of understanding.
William Congreve
They who have studied have not only learned many excellent things, but also have acquired a great facility of profiting themselves by reading good authors.
John Dryden
As concerns the quantity of what is to be read, there is a single rule,—read much but not many works (multum non multa).
Sir William Hamilton
Education begins the gentleman, but reading, good company, and reflection must finish him.
John Locke
As much company as I have kept, and as much as I love it, I love reading better, and would rather be employed in reading than in the most agreeable conversation.
Alexander Pope
Multum legendum esse non multa.
Quintilian
It is manifest that all government of action is to be gotten by knowledge, and knowledge, best, by gathering many knowledges, which is Reading.
Sir Philip Sidney
The mind should be accustomed to make wise reflections, and draw curious conclusions, as it goes along; the habitude of which made Pliny the younger affirm that he never read a book so bad but he drew some profit from it.
Lawrence Sterne
It is hard that not one gentleman’s daughter should read her own tongue; as any one may find who can hear them when they are disposed to mangle a play or a novel, where the least word out of the common road disconcerts them.
Jonathan Swift
As a man may be eating all day, and for want of digestion is never nourished, so these endless readers may cram themselves in vain with intellectual food.
Dr. Isaac Watts

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