"Tis not knowing much, but what is useful, that makes a wise man."

Thomas Fuller





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Quotes About the Joys of Reading

My education was the liberty I had to read Indiscriminately and all of the time, with my eyes hanging out.
- Dylan Thomas

Thou mayst as well expect to grow stronger by always eating, as wiser by always reading. It is thought and digestion which makes books serviceable, and give health and vigor to the mind.
- Thomas Fuller

My early and invincible love of reading I would not exchange for all the riches of India.
- Edward Gibbon

Trust not my reading, nor my observations,
Which with experimental seal do warrant
The tenor of my book.
- William Shakespeare

Things that we hear pass quicker from our minds than what we read.
- Ausonius

The art of reading is to skip judiciously.
- P. G. Hamerton

For thee I dim these eye and stuff this head
With all such reading as was never read.
- Alexander Pope

Age is a recommendation in four things--old wood to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old books to read.
- Alonzo of Aragon

Be as careful as the books you read as the company you keep.
- Paxton Hood

The great objection to new books is that they prevent our reading old ones.
- Joseph Joubert

Reading is seeing by proxy.
- Herbert Spencer

I resolved, when I began to read law, to make everything I acquired perfectly my own, and never to go to a second thing until I had accomplished the first. Many of my acquaintances read as much in a day as I read in a week, but at the end of twelve months my knowledge was as fresh as on the day it was acquired, while theirs had glided away from recollection.
- Lord Leonards

Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them all.
- Henry David Thoreau

To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting.
- Edmund Burke

Of all the needs a book has, the chief need is that it be readable.
- Anthony Trollope

No entertainment is so cheap as reading, not any pleasure as lasting.
- Lady Mary Montagu

If time is precious, no book that will not improve be repeated readings, deserves to be read at all.
- Thomas Carlyle

Read, mark, learn and inwardly digest.
- Book of Common Prayer

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