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    John Millar
Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III. HOW TO READ. '' The art of reading ia to skip judiciously."—Hamerton. "Much reading is like much eating—wholly useless without digestion.—South. " The reading of greit books is usually an acquired faculty, not a natural gift. If you have not got the faculty, seek for it with all your might."—Frederic Harrison. " Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge : it is thinking that makes what are read over."— Locke. " Definite reading is profitable : miscellaneous reading is pleasant, . . . the reading of many authors and of all kinds of works has in it something vague and unstable."—Seneca. " Reading maketh a full man : conversation a ready man : and writing an exact man : and therefore if a man write little, he had need have a great memory : if he converse little, he had need have a ready wit : and if he read little, he had need have much cunning to seem to know that he doth not.—Bacon. " Learn to be good readers, which is perhaps a mo:e difficult thing than you imagine. Learn to be discriminative in your reading : to read faithfully, and with your best attention, all kinds of things which you have a real interest in, — a real, not an imaginary,—and which you find to be really fit for what you are engaged in. The most unhappy of all men is the man who cannot tell what he is going to do, who has got no work cut out for him in the world, and does not go into it "—Carlyle. To Know how to read is as important as to know what to read. It is little use to read what does notinterest, but mere interest is valueless, unless the mental and moral faculties are cultivated. The reader should have a purpose in view. Desultory habits are injurious to the student. To read a few pages here and a few pages there, without thought or aim, is a g...  
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