WESLEY STUDY HABITS

QUOTE: Wesley had fixed hours of work in the morning and afternoon, and never suffered himself to deviate from the plan he had laid down. Monday and Tuesday were thus devoted to the Greek and Latin classics; Wednesday to logic and ethics; Thursday to Hebrew and Arabic, Friday to metaphysics and natural philosophy; Saturday to oratory and poetry, chiefly composing; Sunday to divinity. At intervals he studied French, which he had begun to learn two or three years before, and read a great number of modern books on all subjects. He first read an author regularly through; then, on a second perusal of the book, he transcribed the important or striking passages. Euclid, Keil, Gravesande, Sir Isaac Newton, and other mathematical writers, whose works he weighed with great care, are mentioned in his diary. He also sometimes amused himself with experiments in optics.

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The quote above is from The Life of John Wesley by John Telford – Chapter 4, EARLIER YEARS AT OXFORD, AND CURACY AT WROOTE, 1720—1729 and is found at http://wesley.nnu.edu/john-wesley/the-life-of-john-wesley-by-john-telford/the-life-of-john-wesley-by-john-telford-chapter-4/. Copyright © 1993-2011. Wesley Center for Applied Theology, c/o Northwest Nazarene University. All Rights Reserved.

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