Spurgeon's Admonition to Seminarians

I love Charles Spurgeon. He has such a way with words, knows the heart, and is passionate about doctrine. Dustin and I were talking today about how depressing it is to see how much we don't retain from all our reading. It is indeed sad. Anyway, here are some words of wisdom from Spurgeon's Lectures to my Students (a must-read for all pastors):

"The next rule I lay down is, master those books you have. Read them thoroughly. Bathe in them until they saturate you. Read and re-read them, masticate them, and digest them. Let them go into your very self. Peruse a good book several times, and make notes and analyses of it. A student will find that his mental constitution is more affected by one book thoroughly mastered than by twenty books which he has merely skimmed, lapping at them, as the classic proverb puts it "As the dogs drink of Nilus." Little learning and much pride come of hasty reading. Books may be piled on the brain till it cannot work. Some men are disabled from thinking by their putting meditation away for the sake of much reading."