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Monday, July 21, 2008

reading a book


Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider. Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested; that is, some books are to be read only in parts; others to be read, but not curiously; and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.



- from Francis Bacon's "Of Studies"

2 comments:

Cliff Burns said...

That is a marvelous quote, one I'll save. Thank you for this.
I can tell you (as a writer) that Bacon sums up the Perfect Reader with absolute accuracy and acumen...

scott saboy said...

i agree. as a comsummate wordsmith, bacon continues to inspire thousands down the centuries. thanks for dropping by... :)