"He has only half learned the art of reading who has not added to it the more refined art of skipping and skimming" - Arthur Balfour
Arthur James Balfour (1848 - 1930) was a British Conservative politician who served in a number of government positions from the time he entered parliment in 1874 until becoming Prime Minister from 1902 to 1905; the Conservative Party lost the election in 1905 but Balfour stayed on as leader of the opposition until 1911, when he resigned having failed to lead his party to victory in two General Elections. He returned to the Cabinet as First Lord of the Admiralty in 1915 and as Foreign Secretary from 1916 to 1919. He retired from the House of Commons in 1922 and was granted an Earldom, becoming 1st Early of Balfour. He is perhaps best remembered for the Balfour Declaration of 1917 which supported the establishment of a Jewish homeland in Palestine.
This quote & biography originally ran in an issue of BookBrowse's membership magazine. Full Membership Features & Benefits.
Become a Member and discover books that entertain, engage & enlighten!
We've heard that a million monkeys at a million keyboards could produce the complete works of Shakespeare...
Click Here to find out who said this, as well as discovering other famous literary quotes!
Solve this clue:
and be entered to win..
Visitors can view some of BookBrowse for free. Full access is for members only.
Your guide toexceptional books
BookBrowse seeks out and recommends books that we believe to be best in class. Books that will whisk you to faraway places and times, that will expand your mind and challenge you -- the kinds of books you just can't wait to tell your friends about.