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VIII.—HOW TO READ.

1. President Porter, of Yale College, lays down principles with regard to reading, worthy of attention.

2. Among other points he suggests that: Reading should be followed in an earnest and reflecting spirit. If we are careful in the selection of books, we must be equally careful as to the way in which we read them.

3. If a man has little time to read, he has no right to allow these golden hours of his life to be wasted, or worse than wasted.

4. If he reads a great deal, he has no right to allow influences, which are silently but most powerfully affecting his whole character, to be what the chance or mood of the hour decides them -- to bring disease or health, life or death, to that which makes him a man.

5. Read with attention. This is the golden rule, and is more important than all the rest. The great objection to omnivorous and indiscriminate reading is, that it jades and wearies the power of attention.

6. Edmund Burke and Abraham Lincoln always so read a book as to make it their own, a possession for life. Passive reading is to be carefully guarded against, as a habit that will destroy all good in reading.

7. Read with interest. Find out what will interest yon, ask yourself in what particulars your ignorance most disturbs or annoys you. With what class of thoughts, facts, principles or emotions, would it please you best to be conversant.

8. “Read what will satisfy your wants and appease your desires, and you will comply with the first condition to reading with interest and profit,” is a direction that must be received with caution, for you should see that your wishes and desires are correct before you attempt to satisfy them.

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