He who will not use the thoughts of other men’s brains, proves that he has no brains of his own. … You need to read. Renounce as much as you will all light literature, but study as much as possible sound theological works, especially the Puritanic writers, and expositions of the Bible. We are quite persuaded that the very best way for you to be spending your leisure, is to be either reading or praying.
—Charles H. Spurgeon,
“Paul – His Cloak and His Books”, The Metropolitan Tabernacle (Banner of Truth Trust, 1876), 2 Timothy 4:13.