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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.  Some books also may be read by deputy, and extracts made of them by others;  but that would be only in the less important arguments, and the meaner sort of books, else distilled books are like common distilled waters, flashy things.  Reading maketh a full man;  conference a ready man;  and writing an exact man.  And therefore, if a man write little, he had need have a great memory;  if he confer little, he had need have a present wit:  and if he read little, he had need have much cunning, to seem to know, that he doth not.
   —   Francis Bacon
From: “On Studies
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On This Day In:
2013 Off Defending The Universe
Taking Precautions
2012 Never, Never, Never
2011 Testing 1, 2, 3

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