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Studying is the action of attempting to inquire knowledge, either by directly observing phenomena of interest, or by reading the writings of others about these phenomena.


  • When night hath set her silver lamp on high,
    Then is the time for study.
  • Me therefore studious of laborious ease.
  • Studious of elegance and ease.
    • John Gay, Fables (1727), Part II. No. 8.
  • For he was studious—of his ease.
    • John Gay, Poems on Several Occasions (Ed. 1752).
  • What is the end of study? Let me know?
    Why, that to know, which else we should not know.
    Things hid and barr'd, you mean, from common sense?
    Ay, that is study's god-like recompense.
  • Study is like the heaven's glorious sun
    That will not be deep-searched with saucy looks;
    Small have continual plodders ever won,
    Save base authority from others' books.
  • So study evermore is overshot;
    While it doth study to have what it would
    It doth forget to do the thing it should,
    And when it hath the thing it hunteth most,
    'Tis won as towns with fire, so won, so lost.
  • Studiis florentem ignobilis oti.
    • Priding himself in the pursuits of an inglorious ease.
    • Virgil, Georgics (c. 29 BC), 4. 564.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 757.
  • O Granta! sweet Granta! where studious of ease,
    I slumbered seven years, and then lost my degrees.
  • Histories make men wise; poets, witty; the mathematics, subtile; natural philosophy, deep; morals, grave; logic and rhetoric, able to contend.
  • Hæc studia adolescentiam alunt, senectutem oblectant, secundas res ornant, adversis solatium et perfugium præbent, delectant domi, non impediunt foris, pernoctant nobiscum, peregrinantur, rusticantur.
    • These (literary) studies are the food of youth, and consolation of age; they adorn prosperity, and are the comfort and refuge of adversity; they are pleasant at home, and are no incumbrance abroad; they accompany us at night, in our travels, and in our rural retreats.
    • Cicero, Oratio Pro Licinio Archia, VII.
  • As turning the logs will make a dull fire burn, so changes of studies a dull brain.
  • You are in some brown study.
    • John Lyly, Euphues. Arber's Reprint, p. 80. (1579). The phrase is used by Greene—Menaphon. Arber's Reprint, p. 24. (1589). Also in Halliwell's Reprint for the Percy Society of Manifest Detection … of the use of Dice at Play. (1532).
  • Beholding the bright countenance of truth in the quiet and still air of delightful studies.
    • John Milton, Reason of Church Government, Introduction, Book II.
  • Studious of ease, and fond of humble things.
  • One of the best methods of rendering study agreeable is to live with able men, and to suffer all those pangs of inferiority which the want of knowledge always inflicts.
    • Sydney Smith, Second Lecture on the Conduct of His Understanding.

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