Monday, November 25, 2013

What Does this Phrase Mean to You?

By Julie Daines

Since I still have a long ways to go to finish NaNo, I'm going to keep this very short.

When I was in New York last week, I visited the New York Public library--you know, the famous one with the two lions out front.

Anyway, I saw this phrase engraved above one of the doors:

Translation: "A good book is the precious lifeblood of a master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life."

Rather than give you my interpretation, I'd love to hear what you think this means. Or, more specifically, what does this mean to you? Because I think we all take a different meaning based on our own life's experiences.

So take a break and let your mind go somewhere else besides your NaNo story. Think about why you read. Why you write. And tell me, what does this mean to you?


KaseyQ said...

To me, this means that I write my book because I HAVE to write my book. To write the thoughts or stories that are in my head are to give life to who I really am- my inner self- and to save a part of me forever in text, not only just for me but also to possibly be an inspiration or a joy to someone even after I am gone.

Great quotation. :-)

Julie Daines said...

KaseyQ: I love your interpretation. Thanks for your thoughtful comment!