Whatever truth you have chosen, read only a small portion of it, endeavouring to taste and digest it, to extract the essence and substance thereof, and proceed no farther while any savour or relish remains in the passage: when this subsides, pick up your book again and proceed as before, seldom reading more than half a page at a time, for it is not the quantity that is read, but the manner of reading, that yields us profit . . .
. . . If while reading, you feel yourself recollected, lay aside the book and remain in stillness; at all times read but little, and cease to read when you’re thus internally attracted.