In one hour a day, over a period of one year, you can read the best that has been written by thinkers 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 schedule of reading 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 of literature is one of the noblest pleasures of life.

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