Read not to contradict and confute,
nor to believe and take for granted,
nor to find talk and discourse,
but to weigh and consider.
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed,
and some few to be chewed and digested;
that is, some books are to be read only in parts;
others to be read but not curiously,
and some few to be read wholly,
and with diligence and attention.”
– Francis Bacon, The Essayes or Counsels Civill and Morall
Weigh and consider. Chew and digest. Read with diligence and attention.
The idea of tasting a book is so luscious. Swallowing a book is tantalizing. Chewing and digesting words, sentences and paragraphs, delightful.
I love eating words and allowing them to fill me with all sorts of images, fantasies and fictions that lead me into a host of adventures. Words are like notes in a song. Stories are the staff of life.