What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.
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- A man ought to read just as his inclination leads him; for what he reads as a task will do him little good.
- Books that you carry to the fire, and hold readily in your hand, are most useful after all.
- I never desire to converse with a man who has written more than he has read.
- What is read twice is usually remembered more than what is once written.
- Avarice is generally the last passion of those lives of which the first part has been squandered in pleasure, and the second devoted to ambition. He that sinks under the fatigue of getting wealth, lulls his age with the milder business of saving it.
- If a man could say nothing against a character but what he can prove, history could not be written.