How to Read a Book

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For centuries, philosophers have contemplated the meaning of Life. One convenient metaphor is that Life is a school, a never-ending series of lessons in the art of being Human. By this measure, all learning is worthwhile; the knowledge gained in the school of “hard knocks” is just as valuable as that gained from brick-and-mortar institutions.

Of course, we can avoid the “knocks” for ourselves by choosing to discover the truths revealed in the trials of others. The core of such self-education is a good dose of classics.

However, even a constant diet of Great Books is useless if we do not study in a way that helps us to properly digest their Ideas!

Readers may be divided into four classes:

  1. Sponges, who absorb all that they read and return it in nearly the same state, only a little dirtied.
  2. Sand-glasses, who retain nothing and are content to get through a book for the sake of getting through the time.
  3. Strain-bags, who retain merely the dregs of what they read.
  4. Mogul diamonds, equally rare and valuable, who profit by what they read, and enable others to profit by it also.

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Page Count: 
33
Chapter Outline: 
  • Curing our Academic Ailments
  • Eyre Pollution
  • Why Study?
  • Envy, Erudition or Education?
  • Where to Study
  • Latin, Greek and Hebraic Models of Education
  • What to Study
  • How to Study
  • Collecting Ephiphanies
  • Learning a Book
  • Annotation
  • A Running “To Do” List
  • Breaking the Routine
  • Discussion
  • Exploring the Author’s Sources
  • Putting it All Together
  • Seven Principles of Power Reading
  • The L’Amour Principle
  • The Shakespeare Principle
  • The Austen Principle
  • The Seuss Principle
  • The Hugo Principle
  • The Buddha Principle
  • Breathing Fresh Eyre
  • Summary of Key Points

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