G is for Give

Celebrating the A to Z Blogging Challenge with quotations on the writing life.


Give yourself unto reading.
A man who never reads will never be read;
he who never quotes will never be quoted.
He who will not use the thoughts of other men’s brains,
proves that he has no brains of his own.
You need to read.

Charles H. Spurgeon

What can I add to Spurgeon’s eloquence? Not a thing! Except, perhaps, these insightful words from our friend Chesterton.

 There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and a tired man who wants a book to read.

G.K. Chesterton

Will you “give yourself unto reading,” friend? Instead of (like me) sitting around eating taco chips and watching junk television?


Photo: Anne Varak (Creative Commons Flickr). Image is link.

17 thoughts on “G is for Give

    1. Reading helps on so many levels that it’s worth the occasional library fine. Our library emails “almost due” reminders, for which I am thankful.

      I have discovered audio books at the library. Unless they’re popular children’s / young adult titles (with skuffs and scratches), they enrich our car trips. Scratches and skips in the CD bring howls of frustration…


  1. Wonderful. I prefer reading to almost any other activity. Music might be a close challenger. After dinner, I think I shall dig into the pile that has been growing steadily on the floor next to my bed.

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  2. Yes, I agree with using them for myself too. I think we are so much more open when we hear what others have to say and hold it up against what we think or have been taught. Do we have something to learn? We have to at least have something to compare our thoughts too, or else we’ll be walking around stuck in our own vortex!
    Thanks for the post, Laura.

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