In one hour a day, over the period of one year, you can read the best that has been said by writers such as Plato, Aristotle, Marcus Aurelius, Epictetus, Plutarch, Shakespeare, Milton, Bacon, Carlyle, Ruskin, Macaulay, Newman, Washington Irving, Lowell, Hawthorne, Emerson, and Thoreau.
A carefully planned course of reading of the best authors will, in that comparatively short time, give you the essentials of a liberal education in classical and modern thought.
Read Addison for clearness, Lamb for simplicity, Bacon and Emerson for epigram, Carlyle for ruggedness, and Ruskin for rhythm and word-painting. Read for knowledge, creative power, satisfaction, and relaxation. A love for great literature is one of the noblest pleasures of life.