I came across a great quote today that really made me think - not only about its message it sent, but also about the person who spoke the words. Today's featured quote is, as you will see, from Henry David Thoreau, one of America's great writers. What is so great about his words here, besides their absolute truth, is that he speaks not just as a writer who encourages to others to just read...he takes it a step further and encourages us to live.
What I find is that in our daily lives, we sometimes get stuck on a one-path track. Today's featured quote is a great example of how someone is not stuck on one path, but rather, can see the bigger picture, and encourages us to do the same. Here, Henry David Thoreau speaks not only as a writer, but as a reader, a teacher, a student, and a human being. He can see all sides of the story, not just his perspective as an author.
A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting. -Henry David ThoreauThis idea goes back to the posts I've written about putting your thoughts and words into action, and today we have another great quote to serve as inspiration to do so. I love that as an author, he shows that there is more to reading than just turning the pages. We're not really finished once we've turned that last page...we've got to look beyond the typeface and live beyond the lines. Turning the "last page" is a sign for us to live out the words we've read or to put to action the thoughts we've been thinking - it actually signals the beginning. When we can do that, our "good book" can be safely tucked away on our shelf. Until then though, it is to remain open...
Remember that we must get more out of life than what's on the surface - we have to learn to take things to the next level and make our thoughts turn into action.