A Lifetime of Reading

by Dr. George Grant

 

1. Read–“A broad interest in books usually means a broad interest in life.” Lyman Abbott

 

2. Read Deeply–“ Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. Richard Steele

3. Read Out of Your Time–“I hate to read new books. Contemporary writers may generally be divided into two classes—one’s friends or one’s foes. Of the first we are compelled to think too well, and of the last we are disposed to think too ill, to receive much genuine pleasure from the perusal, or to judge fairly of the merits of either.” William Hazlitt

4. Read Classically–“A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.” Italo Calvino

5. Read Above Your Head–“You may perhaps be brought to acknowledge that it is very well worthwhile to be tormented for two or three years of one’s life, for the sake of being able to read all the rest of it.” Jane Austen

6. Read and Re-Read–“Re-reading, we always find a new book.” C.S. Lewis

7. Have a Plan–“It is a good plan to have a book with you in all places and at all times.” Oliver Wendell Holmes

8. Medium Is Nearly as Vital as Message–“If you cannot read all your books, at any rate handle, or as it were, fondle them.” Winston Churchill

9. Follow the Footnote Trail–“If a book is worth reading, it is worth buying.” John Ruskin

10. Leave a Legacy–“A little library, growing every year, is an honorable part of a man’s history.” Henry Ward Beecher

11. Joy in the Journey–“When I get a little money, I buy books; and if there is any left, I buy food and clothes.” Desiderius Erasmus

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