Quote – Reading furnishes us only with the materials of knowledge

Reading furnishes us only with the materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.

— John Locke

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Quote – No entertainment is so cheap as reading

No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting. .

— Lady Montagu

Quote – The wisdom of life is the true salt of literature

Maxim or aphorism, let us remember that this wisdom of life is the true salt of literature; that those books are most nourishing which are most richly stored with it, and that it is one of the main objects … which men ought to seek in the reading of books.

— John Morley

Quote – Learn to be good readers

Learn to be good readers, which is perhaps a more difficult thing than you imagine. Learn to be discriminative in your reading; to read faithfully, and with your best attention, all kinds of things which you have a real interest in—a real, not an imaginary—and which you find to be really fit for what you are engaged in.

— Thomas Carlyle

Quote – Get at least half an hour out of a busy day

It requires no preterhuman force of will in any young man or woman … to get at least half an hour out of a solid busy day for good and disinterested reading.

— John Morley

Quote – To make a person wise and good

It is not the reading of many books that is necessary to make a [person] wise and good, but the well-reading of a few.

Richard Baxter

Quote – By reading the thoughts of others we learn to think

It is by being conversant with the inventions of others that we learn to invent, as by reading the thoughts of others we learn to think.

— Joshua Reynolds