Careful Words

study (n.)

study (v.)

  A little skill in antiquity inclines a man to Popery; but depth in that study brings him about again to our religion.

Thomas Fuller (1608-1661): Holy and Profane State. The True Church Antiquary.

Six hours in sleep, in law's grave study six,

Four spend in prayer, the rest on Nature fix.

Sir Edward Coke (1549-1634): Translation of lines quoted by Coke.

  Of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.

Old Testament: Ecclesiastes xii. 12.

  By labour and intent study (which I take to be my portion in this life), joined with the strong propensity of nature, I might perhaps leave something so written to after times as they should not willingly let it die.

John Milton (1608-1674): The Reason of Church Government. Introduction, Book ii.

  "War," says Machiavel, "ought to be the only study of a prince;" and by a prince he means every sort of state, however constituted. "He ought," says this great political doctor, "to consider peace only as a breathing-time, which gives him leisure to contrive, and furnishes ability to execute military plans." A meditation on the conduct of political societies made old Hobbes imagine that war was the state of nature.

Edmund Burke (1729-1797): A Vindication of Natural Society. Vol. i. p. 15.

The idea of her life shall sweetly creep

Into his study of imagination,

And every lovely organ of her life,

Shall come apparell'd in more precious habit,

More moving-delicate and full of life

Into the eye and prospect of his soul.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): Much Ado about Nothing. Act iv. Sc. 1.

  Enflamed with the study of learning and the admiration of virtue; stirred up with high hopes of living to be brave men and worthy patriots, dear to God, and famous to all ages.

John Milton (1608-1674): Tractate of Education.

Know then thyself, presume not God to scan;

The proper study of mankind is man.

Alexander Pope (1688-1744): Essay on Man. Epistle ii. Line 1.

What though the field be lost?

All is not lost; th' unconquerable will,

And study of revenge, immortal hate,

And courage never to submit or yield.

John Milton (1608-1674): Paradise Lost. Book i. Line 105.

I am slow of study.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): A Midsummer Night's Dream. Act i. Sc. 2.

  It seems to me (said she) that you are in some brown study.

John Lyly (Circa 1553-1601): Euphues, 1579 (Arber's reprint), page 80.

  Study to be quiet.

New Testament: 1 Thessalonians iv. 11.

No profit grows where is no pleasure ta'en;

In brief, sir, study what you most affect.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616): The Taming of the Shrew. Act i. Sc. 1.