In Order to Live

Do not read, as children do, to amuse
yourself, or like the ambitious, for
the purpose of instruction. No,
read in order to live.

source: Gustave Flaubert
image: Eddie’s Images
Aboriginal Rock Art


20 thoughts on “In Order to Live

  1. There are many ways to read. These ancient rock paintings are one way. The face of a loved one, a landscape, a gesture, a cloudy sky, a touch – all are ways to read.

  2. Ii’ve been reading for the first time lately in too long, F. Scott Fitzgerald ❤ just picturing the world one hundred years ago as written through his eyes and experiences ❤

    • He’s a good author to help paint a picture of what the world was like 100 years ago.
      So very different than now. Thanks so much for your kind remarks today!

  3. An interesting statement. How does one “read in order to live”? I would be curious to hear how others interpret that statement, as I find myself unsure.

    • Long before starting this blog I read many books on religios and spiritual practices from time beginning.
      Still left with many questions unanswered I thought hearing what others said about the matter would
      help. The result thus far is, more questions.

    • The popular and prolific English writer Edward Bulwer-Lytton wrote on this theme about twenty years earlier in 1848 within his novel “The Caxtons”;
      Master books, but do not let them master you. Read to live, not live to read.

      In 1911 the words of Flaubert were recalled in a filler item published in a Kosciusko, Mississippi newspaper and following words were added to the statement; …make an intellectual atmosphere for your soul, which shall be composed of the emanation of all great minds.

      • Now that does make more sense to me, especially the latter. I thank you, cryptomathecian for the clarification and insight!

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