Some forty years ago, a United States Senator, who was respected and admired for his knowledge, wisdom and understanding was asked, "Senator, you never spent much time in college, if any. How have you acquired your understanding of national and international affairs? Where have you learned so much about so many things?"
His answer was simple and to the point. "I made a rule when I was eighteen years old that I would read for two hours every day; that sometimes in every twenty-four hour period I would thoughtfully and carefully read for at least two hours. On trains, in hotels, in waiting rooms, I have read: magazines, news digests, political reports, good books, poetry, and the Bible." And then he added, "Try it, young fellow. You will be an educated man in spite of yourself."—SAY
Travel opens the mind, but so does print, and print is the cheapest mind opener there is, and the best.—John Cotton Dana, quoted in Community Teamwork, Adult Education Newsletter, Purdue University, Indiana
Read something every day. Discipline yourself to a regular schedule of reading. In fifteen minutes a day you can read twenty books a year.—Wilfred A. Peterson, Jaqua Way
The first class of readers may be compared to an hourglass; their reading being as the sand: it runs in and runs out, and leaves not a trace behind. A second class resembles a sponge, which imbibes everything, and returns it in nearly the same state, only a little dirtier. A third class is like a jelly-bag, which allows all that is pure to pass away, and retains only the refuse and dregs. The fourth class may be compared to the slave of Golconda, who, casting aside all that is worthless, preserves only the pure gems.—Coleridge
Multifarious reading weakens the mind more than doing nothing; for it becomes a necessity at last, like smoking, and is an excuse for the mind to lie dormant whilst thought is poured in, and runs through: a clear stream, over unproductive gravel, on which not even mosses grow. It is the idlest of all idleness, and leaves more of impotency than any other. (This is an appropriate warning for our day.)—F. W. Robertson