A Quote by Sir Arthur Helps on reading and thought

Reading is sometimes an ingenious device for avoiding thought.

Sir Arthur Helps (1813 - 1875)

Source: Friends in Council

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A Quote by Sara Orne Jewett on kindness, mind, reading, and tact

Tact is, after all, a kind of mind reading.

Sara Orne Jewett (1849 - 1909)

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A Quote by Robert Novak on acceptance, action, justice, learning, reading, thought, and trust

I am willing to accept thoughts I read when I have had similar ones myself. I am more willing to accept my own thoughts than those I read. Yet, having a new thought is not an action intended in advance; we don't set ourselves to have that specific new thought. If our own thoughts just "come to us" unbidden, why should we be less receptive to ones that come through reading? Perhaps because we spontaneously have only those thoughts to which we are already receptive. This may lead me to miss out on learning from those who can teach me most, those who think in a way completely different from mine. Unfortunately however, my trust in them cannot grow in the way described, so I continue to read them from an adversary stance.

Robert Novak

Source: Philosophical Explanations

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A Quote by Robert Lee Frost on books, conversation, good, language, reading, and writing

I was under twenty when I deliberately put it to myself one night after good conversation that there are moments when we actually touch in talk what the best writing can only come near. The curse of our book language is not so much that it keeps forever to the same set phrases . . . but that it sounds forever with the same reading tones. We must go out into the vernacular for tones that haven't been brought to book.

Robert Frost

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A Quote by Robert Byrne on books, good, reading, suicide, and trying

Nobody ever committed suicide while reading a good book, but many have while trying to write one.

Robert Byrne

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A Quote by Richard Darman on presidency, reading, and speech

Explaining why President Bush wasn't following up on his campaign pledge that there would be no loss of wetlands: He didn't say that. He was reading what was given to him in a speech.

Richard Darman

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A Quote by Richard Brinsley Sheridan on reading and writing

You write with ease to show your breeding, But easy writing 's curst hard reading.

Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751 - 1816)

Source: Clio's Protest. Life of Sheridan (Moore). Vol. i. p. 155.

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A Quote by Richard B. Sheridan on good, reading, and writing

Good reading makes for damn hard writing.

Richard B. Sheridan

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A Quote by René Descartes on books, conversation, good, men, past, and reading

The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest men of the past centuries.

René Descartes (1596 - 1650)

Source: Discourse on Method, 1639

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on creativity, reading, and writing

There is creative reading as well as creative writing.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

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