You must read a great book to know how poor are all books

You must read a great book to know how poor are all books. Shakespear suggests a wealth that beggars his own, & I feel that the splendid works which he has created & which in other hours we extol as a sort of self existent poetry take no stronger hold of real nature than the shadow of a passing traveler on the rock.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Journals and Miscellaneous Notebooks 7:73

Posted in: Journals on August 10, 2013 | 1 Comment »
Share on Twitter | Facebook

One Comment
  1. On August 10, 2013 at 4:00 pm Jim Foster Said:

    All of Life- is gradual – nothing can be boiled down to the essence till we learn about life and how to live. So- you read a great book- fortunately – you were at a time in life you could recognize it. But it took all the time it takes to also understand it all. Life is not lived like you have a split second and found something special in the fridge that just made sparkles in you brain ( the way you would have liked it to be every second of every day ! ) We have to explore and search and sometimes find through complete surprise-then we know when we have a good deal. Life is Living It All The Time- Then we Reflect on things not understood all the time = as big breakthroughs ! Go Slow- Enjoy It All More !!!!
    How many times did you catch a marshmallow on fire-before you finally learned how to keep it golden brown without the charcoal and then EAT !!!?