Gleanings from the Past #74

A Broken Leg and Some Books (1874) H. G. Wells My leg was broken for me when I was between seven and eight. Probably I am alive to-day and writing this autobiography instead of being a worn-out, dismissed and already dead shop assistant, because my leg was broken. The agent of good fortune was “young […]

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Top 5 Habits of Highly Effective Students

This is a guest post by Bhawani Singh. If you want to be an effective student you need to learn how to study smarter, instead of harder. It becomes more true and practical when you enroll in higher education programs or appearing for entrance examinations like SRMJEEE, or other competitive exams. For high school students […]

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Gleanings From The Past #64

The Value of Books Anthony Panormita, a learned Sicilian, in the fifteenth century, sold an estate, that he might be able to purchase a copy of Livy. Of this circumstance we have a curious account, in a letter written by Panormita himself, to Alphonsus, king of Naples, to whom he was secretary. It is as […]

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20 Thought-Provoking Quotes About Reading And Thinking

“He might be a very clever man by nature, for all I know, but he laid so many books upon his head that his brains could not move.” — Robert Hall, when asked whether he thought that Dr. Kippis was clever, The Works of Rev. Robert Hall, Vol. 3, 1860 The bookful blockhead, ignorantly read, […]

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Quotable #27: Reading & Perusing

In reading some books we occupy ourselves chiefly with the thoughts of the author; in perusing others, exclusively with our own. — Edgar Allan Poe, Marginalia, 1845

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Gleanings From The Past #19

European Cultivation To the ancient Persians, Europe is indebted for almost all the fruits she possesses. What more certain proof of civilization and antiquity, than the culture of the products of the earth? Virgil, and other ancient writers, inform us that we are indebted to the expeditions of the Greeks into Persia, Armenia, and Media, […]

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