Books must be read as deliberately and reservedly as they were written.
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- How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book! The book exists for us, perchance, that will explain our miracles and reveal new ones. The at present unutterable things we may find somewhere uttered.
- To a philosopher all news, as it is called, is gossip, and they who edit it and read it are old women over their tea.
- A broad margin of leisure is as beautiful in a man’s life as in a book. Haste makes waste, no less in life than in housekeeping. Keep the time, observe the hours of the universe, not of the cars. What are threescore years and ten hurriedly and coarsely lived to moments of divine leisure in which your life is coincident with the life of the universe?
- Most books today seemed to have been written overnight from books read the day before.
- It requires nothing less than a chivalric feeling to sustain a conversation with a lady.
- The really efficient laborer will be found not to crowd his day with work, but will saunter to his task surrounded by a wide halo of ease and leisure.