PASSAGE OF THE WEEK: STOIC


PASSAGE OF THE WEEK:

“In an age where far too many people default to breathless journalism or mindless internet streaming, it’s a good start to be bookish, to read a lot, to finish a stack of books each year. But it’s not enough. What you read matters more. How you read matters too. You have to attack subjects you’re not familiar with and spar with them until you are. You have to shy away from the quick or easy reads. You have to take notes. You have to apply what you learn in real, tangible ways. You must, as Epictetus said, make sure that your ‘efforts aim at improving the mind.’ Because then and only then would he call you ‘hard-working.’ Then and only then do you earn the title ‘reader.'”

—from “It’s Not If You’re Reading, But WHAT You’re Reading