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Lecture: How to Read a Book

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Lecture Details

Event Date11/2/2012
Event LocationBerkley California
Event Description

Event Transcripts


Quotes Made at this Event

Mastery: The Keys to Long-Term Success and Fulfillment - Note: On the value of mastering vs dabbling. In reference to a quote by Sidi Ahmed Zurruq in `Foundations of the Spiritual Path`.
How to Read a Book - "Get the 1940 Edition" -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf
The Catcher in the Rye - "If you haven't read it, I really recommend that book" -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf
Mastery: The Keys to Long-Term Success and Fulfillment - Note: SHY recommends this book repeatidly, and quotes from this book in the "How to Read a Book" lecture
The Catcher in the Rye - "I read it a second time" -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf
The Catcher in the Rye - Note: SHY considers this a "Great Book"
All Things Shining: Reading the Western Classics to Find Meaning in a Secular Age - Note: On sports Excellence
All Things Shining: Reading the Western Classics to Find Meaning in a Secular Age - "If you haven't read, I think you should read..." -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf
Rosalind And Helen, A Modern Eclogue: With Other Poems - Note: SHY quoted the poem and recited it in this lecture. He even spent 20 minutes analyzing it with the class.
Rosalind And Helen, A Modern Eclogue: With Other Poems - "I was left speechless (Struck dumb) when I read it at the age of 12 " -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf
Mastery: The Keys to Long-Term Success and Fulfillment - Note: Regarding people who like to join groups. Sh Hamza pointed at the chapter on Dabblers
How to Read a Book - Note: He based the whole lecture on this text.
How to Read a Book - "He based the whole lecture on this text." -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf
Mastery: The Keys to Long-Term Success and Fulfillment - "A really great book" -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf
All Things Shining: Reading the Western Classics to Find Meaning in a Secular Age - "A beautiful book" -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf
How to Read a Book - "Mortimer Adler wrote a book called "How to read a Book". And it's actually worth reading. I would get the first edition, which is 1940, and there were several editions." -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf
Mastery: The Keys to Long-Term Success and Fulfillment - Note: Related to the Hadith on Archery; Meaning: If you start, don’t stop. Don't dabble.
How to Read a Book - "

One of the most important books that I've seen in the English language.  It's a key to other books.  It really can help you read other books and it was written by somebody who learned how to read from a master reader. (Regarding the text "How to read a Book by Mortimer Adler")

" -Shaikh Hamza Yusuf