desultory reading

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  • He was thrown upon himself, and what education he secured was the result of his own desultory reading. Cited from Three French Moralists and The Gallantry of France, by Edmund Gosse
  • We are constantly asked whether desultory reading is among things lawful and permitted. Cited from Studies in Literature, by John Morley
  • I enjoyed rubbing my modern and desultory reading against their old-fashioned but solid knowledge. Cited from Mrs. Overtheway's Remembrances, by Juliana Horatia Ewing
  • And still later, after an evening of desultory reading and talking, she suggested that they leave their bedroom doors open. Cited from Poor, Dear Margaret Kirby, by Kathleen Norris
  • The days of languid, desultory reading and study were over, and she determined to know at least a few things well. Cited from A Young Girl's Wooing, by E. P. Roe
  • And when I have been conquered by a little desultory reading and by a little effort after love no man need despair. Cited from Santa Teresa, by Alexander Whyte
  • Passive reading is even more harmful in its effects than desultory reading. Cited from Pushing to the Front, by Orison Swett Marden
  • It cannot be acquired by desultory reading, for instance, or travelling in Europe. Cited from Reflections and Comments, by Edwin Lawrence Godkin
  • She took him to task for not going to church more regularly, and pointed out to him the evils of desultory reading. Cited from The Descent Of Man & Other Stories,Wharton
  • He is not lacking in the culture of desultory reading, and when he chooses to do so can bear himself like a gentleman. Cited from Lights and Shadows of New York Life, by James D. McCabe
  • I used to lament that he would not study more, that he gave himself up so much to desultory reading; but he had no ambition. Cited from Autobiography and Letters of Orville Dewey, D.D., by Orville Dewey
  • Hence the Eton student who goes to Cambridge finds he has done but a little desultory reading, and that he must begin again. Cited from The Grand Old Man, by Richard B. Cook
  • Such knowledge as he possessed of the myriad activities of the great world outside his professional circle he had picked up in aimless and desultory reading. Cited from The Mountebank, by William J. Locke
  • His impression gathered from such desultory reading had been that the effort in that direction was sporadic and ineffective. Cited from Lo, Michael!, by Grace Livingston Hill
  • But boy as he was, he had already accomplished an immense amount of desultory reading, not only in literature proper, but in literary criticism as well. Cited from Rape of the Lock and Other Poems,by Alexander Pope
  • I see how they will lead me on to other knowledge, how I may bring into form and make available my desultory reading, and there is a great pleasure in the very study itself. Cited from The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 13, No. 76, February, 1864, by Various
  • As to fairy tales, this is a hard saying; but as to desultory reading, it is certainly true. Cited from The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol. 3, Ed. by Warner
  • She gave a great sigh of relief, wondered, between desultory reading, at how early an hour she could decently excuse herself in the morning. Cited from Saturday's Child, by Kathleen Norris
  • Many have supplemented this meager stock of learning by rather wide but desultory reading and by keen observation. Cited from The Armies of Labor, Samuel P. Orth
  • He was constantly inveighing in his seminary against desultory reading. Cited from Memoirs of Arthur Hamilton, B. A. Of Trinity College Cambridge, Benson
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