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 – Sign nothing without reading it

Drink nothing without seeing it, sign nothing without reading it.

— Portuguese proverb

Quote – There is no correlation between intelligence and ethics, nor ruthlessness

There is no predictable correlation between intelligence and ethics, nor is ruthlessness necessarily an evil thing. And there is nothing like enforced, uninterrupted contemplation to learn to distinguish one from another….


Quote – Education begins the gentleman

Education begins the gentleman, but reading, good company, and reflection must finish him.

— John Locke

Quote – There are three classes of authors

There are three classes of authors—those who write without thinking, those who think while writing, and those who think before writing.

— Arthur Schopenhauer