"The Critical Reviewers, I believe, often review without reading the books through; but lay hold of a topick, and write chiefly from their own minds. The Monthly Reviewers are duller men, and are glad to read the books through."
Samuel Johnson, in Boswell's Life
I would be a Papist if I could. I have fear enough, but an obstinate rationality prevents me.
If it rained knowledge I'd hold out my hand, but I would not give myself the trouble to go in quest of it.
"What, have you not read it through?"
"No, sir; do you read books through?
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