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Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new after all.
   –  Abraham Lincoln
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On This Day In:
2015 If They’re Good Enough
2014 Three…
2013 Uncle Joe’s Song
2012 Still Trying
2011 Not Deserving

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Compared to drawing and carving, the making of pots, and the weaving of baskets, reading is a relatively recent human accomplishment, dating back no more than fifty-two hundred years.  Unlike speech, which is acquired by easy osmosis, reading is not something that comes naturally to most of us.  Instead, it must be learned, slowly and painstakingly, by each successive generation.  The eye works its way across the page in little jumps, known technically as “saccades,” pausing at intervals like a frog on a lily pad, in order to ingest the next new word.  As science writer Simon Ings explains, “The eyes literally cannot see stationary objects; they must tremble constantly in order to bring them into view.”  Whereas listening is relatively fast (one needs only a hundredth of a second between sounds in order to distinguish them), looking takes far longer (one needs at least a tenth of a second between two images if they are not to blur), and reading takes longest of all, requiring a full quarter second for each individual word.  Reading, then, involves a considerable amount of work.
 —    Christian McEwen, World Enough & Time
[This quote was found at one of the blogs I follow:  “Live And Learn” at DavidKanigan.com
The specific post is located at:  http://davidkanigan.com/2016/04/03/intense-rendezvous/
David’s blog is well worth a visit.  —  KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2015 Panzer Soldier
2014 Babies (I)
2013 Patriotic == Tell The Truth
2012 30 Days To Go
2011 Altering The Course

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In a very real sense, people who have read good literature have lived more than people who cannot or will not read…  It is not true that we have only one life to live; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish.
   —  S. I. Hayakawa
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On This Day In:
2015 Go Shopping More
2014 Say What?
2013 Accepting Beauty
2012 Transitional Choice To Ride The Wave
2011 Freedom Isn’t Always Perfect
Just That Simple

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To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting.
   —  Edmund Burke
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On This Day In:
2015 Don’t Mess With Mosa
How Long Is This Run?
2014 The Importance Of Being Forgetful
2013 Anyway
2012 Habit Forming
2011 And In The Other Hand(ful)
In Love With Words
Boundless Naïveté
Who Did You Say Signed Off On This Treason, Pat?

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A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face…  It is one of the havens remaining where a man’s mind can get both provocation and privacy.
   —  Edward P. Morgan
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On This Day In:
2015 Bound Up
2014 Economic Engines
2013 Weren’t You Supposed To Be Reading?
Absent Friends
Where I Stand
2012 Hangin’ With His P’s
Help Save
2011 Six Facets Of Good Leadership

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The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.
   —  Joseph Joubert
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On This Day In:
2015 Envy * 2
2014 Destiny For The Talented
2013 I Do Not Fear It
2012 Until Found
2011 Reducing Goods To Data
The Fog Of Civilization Building

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If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.
   –  Ralph Waldo Emerson
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On This Day In:
2015 Two Thoughts On Thinking
2014 From The Top, Please…
2013 You Are The Stars
2012 Just One??
2011 Anything But

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