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.
- What is read twice is usually remembered more than what is once written.
- I never desire to converse with a man who has written more than he has read.
- If a man could say nothing against a character but what he can prove, history could not be written.
- Read your own compositions, and when you meet a passage which you think is particularly fine, strike it out.