Three Practical Rules for Reading

The three practical rules, then, which I have to offer, are,—

1. Never read any book that is not a year old.

2. Never read any but famed books.

3. Never read any but what you like; or, in Shakspeare’s phrase,—

  

“No profit goes where is no pleasure ta’en:

In brief, sir, study what you most affect.” 

 

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Books

 

 

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Rosy Cole on Monday, 06 October 2014 23:54

Can't help feeling, Steve, that Shakespeare comes out of this a bit smarter than Emerson. Authors can't be peddling his notions in their own lifetime. They'd be undercutting themselves. It takes generations for worthy books to become 'famed'. Plus, many worthy books will never achieve fame, or even find a readership.

What I crave is the leisure to read for pleasure at all! I keep wondering wistfully, could it really happen some day? :)

Can't help feeling, Steve, that Shakespeare comes out of this a bit smarter than Emerson. Authors can't be peddling his notions in their own lifetime. They'd be undercutting themselves. It takes generations for worthy books to become 'famed'. Plus, many worthy books will never achieve fame, or even find a readership. What I crave is the leisure to read for pleasure at all! I keep wondering wistfully, could it really happen some day? :)
Stephen Evans on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 04:25

In his defense, I think what made a book famous in his time was a little different. Other than Ulysses Grant I can't think of many 19th century celebrity biographies. And I like to think that my books will be famous one day. If not, I'll settle for a thousand books a year for a thousand years... :)

In his defense, I think what made a book famous in his time was a little different. Other than Ulysses Grant I can't think of many 19th century celebrity biographies. And I like to think that my books will be famous one day. If not, I'll settle for a thousand books a year for a thousand years... :)
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