Reading is fundamental.
The Harvard Classics are a collection of some of the most prolific and acclaimed works in all of history. Authors include names such as Charles Darwin, Francis Bacon, Adam Smith, Dante, Virgil, Homer, Keats… the list goes on.
Eliot declared that the elements of a liberal education could be obtained in one year by spending 15 minutes a day reading from this collection of books that supposedly could fit on a five-foot shelf.
In 1910, he put together the Harvard Classics, a collection of 51 volumes spanning topics from science to politics, and from religion to literature, written by some of the most influential men of all time.