On reading widely

On reading widely: “Keep your view of men and things extensive, and depend upon it that a mixed knowledge is not a superficial one. As far as it goes, the views that it gives are true, but he who has read deeply one class of writers alone gets views which are almost sure to be perverted and which are not only narrow but false. Adjust your proposed amount of reading to your time and inclination. This is perfectly free to any man, but whether the amount be large or small, let it be varied in its kind, and widely varied. If I have a confident opinion on any one point connected with the improvement of the human mind it is this.”

Matthew Arnold, as quoted in The Pleasures, the Dangers and the Uses of Desultory Reading
by Stafford Henry Northcote Iddesleigh
Publication date 1885

Charlotte Mason, of course, quotes Matthew Arnold often and favourably

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  1. Frances
    Posted June 14, 2018 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

    Constant minor irritation: seeing a book in somebody’s hands or in an image and not being able to read the title!

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