“It is an help to knowledge, thereby your knowledge is raised.
Thereby your memory is strengthened.
Thereby your hearts are warmed.
Thereby you will be freed from sinful thoughts.
Thereby your hearts will be tuned to every duty.
Thereby you will grow in grace.
Thereby you will fill up all the chinks and crevices of your lives, and know how to spend your spare time, and improve that for God.
Thereby you will draw good out of evil.
And thereby you will converse with God, have communion with God, and enjoy God.
And I pray, is not here profit enough to sweeten the voyage of your thoughts in meditation?”
William Bridge (1600-1670)
 Quoted in Donald S. Whitney, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, p. 62.