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A Quote by John Dalberg, Lord Acton on learning, reading, and writing

Learn as much by writing as by reading.

Lord Acton Dalberg (1834 - 1902)

Source: Quotations of Wit and Wisdom, ed. & John W. Garder et al., 1975.

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A Quote by Logan Pearsall Smith on life, people, and reading

People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.

Logan Smith (1865 - 1946)

Source: Afterthoughts, "Myself" (1931).

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A Quote by Lewis McDonald Grizzard, Jr. on hell, ideas, learning, reading, relationships, and sharing

Today's sensitive male has learned to share in open frank discussions about relationships like, "Where the hell did you get a crazy idea like that? You been reading Redbook again?"

Lewis Grizzard (1946 - 1994)

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A Quote by Leo J. Muir on achievement, character, facts, failure, goals, men, nature, needs, nobility, personality, personality, principles, purpose, reading, reflection, strength, struggle, weakness, and wishes

Great men are those who have had noble purposes to achieve, great tasks to perform, or mighty causes to vindicate. A high expression of self-mastery is but the reflection of these great purposes upon personality and character. The demand upon character molds the essential self-mastery; the goal forges the strength needed to achieve it. . . . In your reading you have probably found the oft-repeated syllogism: 'Great minds have purposes, others have wishes.' . . . Great purposes demand and endow strong minds; wishes need only weak minds. The soundness of this principle is found in the fact that men are not great until they have achieved great things. The strength is the product of the struggle; the endowment follows the achievement. Nature never pays an unearned account; and she never fails to pay one that is earned. In fact, earning is possessing; the two processes are simultaneous.

Leo J. Muir

Source: Flashes from the Eternal Semaphore, 1928

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A Quote by Karl Kraus on books, reading, and time

Where do I find the time for not reading so many books?

Karl Kraus (1874 - 1936)

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A Quote by Joseph Brodsky on books and reading

There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.

Joseph Brodsky (1940 -)

Source: 1991

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on body, exercise, mind, and reading

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on authors, emptiness, entertainment, life, and reading

Of all the diversions of life, there is none so proper to fill up its empty spaces as the reading of useful and entertaining authors.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

Source: Spectator, no. 93 (London), 16 June 1711.

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A Quote by Jonathan Swift on argument, books, conversation, and reading

Argument, as usually managed, is the worst sort of conversation, as in books it is generally the worst sort of reading.

Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745)

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A Quote by John Ruskin on books, life, quiet, and reading

Life being very short, and the quiet hours of it few, we ought to waste none of them in reading valueless books.

John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

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