„Read a little. Meditate more. Think of God all the time.“

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Yogi, a guru of Kriya Yoga and founder of Self-Realization … 1893 - 1952

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„Pray all the time, read all the scriptures in the world, and worship all the gods there are …but unless you realize the Truth, there is no freedom.“

—  Swami Vivekananda Indian Hindu monk and phylosopher 1863 - 1902

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Variant: Pray all the time, read all the scriptures in the world, and worship all the gods there are... but unless you realize the Truth, there is no freedom.

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„At present I'm re-reading Traherne's Centuries of Meditations which I think almost the most beautiful book (in prose, I mean, excluding poets) in English.“

—  Thomas Traherne English poet 1636 - 1674

C. S. Lewis, letter to Arthur Greeves in December 1941. http://www.discovery.org/scripts/viewDB/index.php?command=view&id=978
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„A free man thinks of death least of all things; and his wisdom is a meditation not of death but of life.“

—  Baruch Spinoza, book Ethics

Part IV, Prop. LXVII
Ethics (1677)
Original: (la) Homo liber de nulla re minus, quam de morte cogitat, et ejus sapientia non mortis, sed vitae meditatio est.

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„I insist on a lot of time being spent, almost every day, to just sit and think. That is very uncommon in American business. I read and think. So I do more reading and thinking, and make less impulse decisions than most people in business. I do it because I like this kind of life.“

—  Warren Buffett American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist 1930

http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/239763 "10 Brilliant Quotes From Warren Buffett, America's Second-Richest Person " entrepreneur.com (13 November 2014)
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„There is, however, nothing wanting to the idleness of a philosopher but a better name, and that meditation, conversation, and reading should be called “work.”“

—  Jean de La Bruyère, book Les Caractères

Il ne manque cependant à l'oisiveté du sage qu'un meilleur nom, et que méditer, parler, lire, et être tranquille s'appelât travailler.
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„By reading the writings of the most interesting minds in history, we meditate with our own minds and theirs as well.“

—  Kurt Vonnegut, book Palm Sunday

"The Noodle Factory", speech given at the dedication of the Shain Library at Connecticut College, New London
Palm Sunday (1981)
Context: And I believe that reading and writing are the most nourishing forms of meditation anyone has so far found. By reading the writings of the most interesting minds in history, we meditate with our own minds and theirs as well. This to me is a miracle.

„It's only adults who read the top layers most of the time. I think children read the internal meanings of everything.“

—  Maurice Sendak American illustrator and writer of children's books 1928 - 2012

Source: The Art of Maurice Sendak: 1980 to Present

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