I love Quotes. I love them because they make me think. What does the quoter mean? Why did he/she write this? Is there a message to get through to the reader/the world? What did YOU initially think when you read it?
Here goes blog quote #236...
"Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for."
Did you ever notice that many ideas that we come up with are not "new". Somewhere, someone has probably thought of or tried or suggested the same thing that you are thinking or doing. Many feet have walked on this path before us over the years.
What I took Socrates to be saying is that many people before our time have done things and written about them. There is HUGE knowledge and wisdom in libraries, on computers, in books and encyclopedias and wikipedias. Example: Think and Grow Rich, that I happen to be re -reading at the present time. Written in 1937. A fascinating story how one man, Napolean Hill took TWENTY YEARS(20) of his life to study 100 or so of the most successful men in his era and what they did to become successful. You think there is anything to be learned in that book? How about The Joy of Cooking written in 1936; best selling cookbook ever. I bet the recipes are still pretty valid, and tasty. War and Peace written in 1869 has a nugget or 2 of wisdom. And our quotesman, Socrates, goes back "only" to 400 BC. He has written a thing or two worth your reading time.
Moral of the story.. you don't have to reinvent the wheel.. do some reading of our past forefathers.. you' ll learn plenty, and accomplish great things. To use a stale line... you don't have to be a rocket scientist. Just read about them and apply what they already found out for us!
That's my view....... What Say You?