October 10, 2009

How Proust Can Change Your Life Book Excerpt about Reading

The following excerpt is the conclusion to the book, How Proust Can Change Your Life." I found this rather insightful and compelling. It most certainly lends a strong point to the idea of putting to action what you actually read.

“It is one of the great and wonderful characteristics of good books…that for the author they may be called “conclusions” but for the reader “incitements”…That is the value of reading and also its inadequacy. To make it into a discipline is to give too large a role to what is only an incitement. Reading is on the threshold of the spiritual life; it can introduce us to it: it does not constitute it. Even the finest books deserve to be thrown aside.”

How Proust Can Change Your Life
by Alain de Botton

Very often, we all read things and come across good ideas, but we hesitate to take action -- sometimes indefinitely. Be sure that you heed Alain de Botton's wise words and listen to great words from great books, but let that be the beginning, not the ending.

If you gained something from this article then I highly encourage you to subscribe to this blog. It's entirely spam-free and there are no games to play to subscribe or unsubscribe. It just keeps you up to date, motivated, and inspired!

Enter your email address:

Delivered by Google's FeedBurner


Post a Comment

Spam will be deleted, so please invest your time in something more meaningful!

I personally read and reply to each comment. If you have a question, comment or request I sincerely encourage you to share.