J. C. Ryle on Reading the Bible
"Let me beseech and exhort all... to arm themselves with a thorough knowledge of the written word of God. Let us read our Bibles regularly and become familiar with their contents."
"A little knowledge of the Bible will not suffice, a man must know his Bible well... and he must read it regularly if he would know it well. There is no royal road to knowledge of the Bible. There must be patient, daily, systematic reading of the Book, or the Book will not be known. As one said quaintly, but most truly, 'Justification may be by faith, but a knowledge of the Bible comes only by works.'"
The Book of Common Prayer on the Sufficiency of the Holy Scriptures
"Holy Scripture containeth all things necessary to salvation: so that whatsoever is not read therein, nor may be proved thereby, is not to be required of any man, that it should be believed as an article of the Faith, or be thought requisite or necessary to salvation."
Anglican Bishop Joseph Hall (1574-1656) on the Importance of Continuing Bible Study.
"Earthly things proffer themselves with importunity; heavenly things must be sued to."
"For thou shalt find that deffering breeds... an indisposition to good; so that what was before pleasant to thee, being omitted, tomorrow grows harsh, the next day unneccessary, afterward, odious. To-day thou canst, but wilt not; to-morrow thou couldst, but listeth not; the next day thou neither wilt nor canst."