January 6, 2013

Nerdy Quote of the Week

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

Flaubert himself wrote a short story that I think everyone should read in order to live. It is called A Simple Heart, and it is one of the most beautiful pieces of prose I have come across. The story of a poor, downtrodden servant named Felicite who manages to see God in the little things in life--especially her parrot--and be joyful despite her painful lot, A Simple Heart reminds us that it is the faith of a child that brings us to God--and to true happiness, and that this faith is not dependent on circumstances. That is certainly a lesson we all need to "read in order to live."

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