Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.


1.I’ll walk a turn, and digest what I have read.
2.You’ll grow devilish fat upon this paper diet.
Congreve.—Love for Love, Act I. Scene 1.

Read, read, sirrah, and refine your appetite; learn to live upon instruction; feast your mind, and mortify your flesh: Read, and take your nourishment in at your eyes, shut up your mouth, and chew the cud of understanding.
Congreve.—Love for Love, Act I. Scene 1.

Shall a rascal, because he has read books, talk pertly to me?
Colley Cibber.—The Double Gallant, Act I. Scene 1.

Read Homer once, and you can read no more,
For all books else appear so mean, so poor,
Verse will seem prose; but still persist to read,
And Homer will be all the books you need.
Buckingham.—Essay on Poetry.