A New Week at the Guide

At The Pocket University Guide to Daily Reading, each group of seven days is headed by an epigraph. Today’s is one of my favorites.

Read not to contradict and confute, nor to believe and take for granted, nor to talk and discourse, but to weigh and consider.

–Lord Bacon, from The Essay, “Of Studies”

Path to confirm exact source: The Guide–>Bartlett’s (not included in 17th ed.)–>Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (3rd ed)–> The Essays

Here’s the daily dilemma. If we’re not to talk but to weigh and consider, what are we going to talk about?