Renaissance Man Quote of the Week: T. E. Lawrence

T E Lawrence

“Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds awake to find that all was vanity; but the dreamers by day are dangerous men, for they may act out their dreams with open eyes to make them possible.”

- Thomas Edward Lawrence

T.E. Lawrence was a British Army Officer in the early 1900’s who is known particularly for his role in the Arab Revolt.  He was then solidified in world wide fame after the Film “Lawrence of Arabia” came out in the 1960’s, based off of his campaigns in the Arab Revolt.

Lawrence was a hero and officer, but also wrote a couple books.  The most famous is his autobiographical account Seven Pillars of Wisdom.  Unfortunately Lawrence was killed in a motorcycle accident when he was in his forties, before he could write a significant amount.

What I love most about this quote is the challenge.  A lot of us are dreamers, but it is easy to dream in the safety of our minds at night.  T.E. Lawrence charges us to dream in the day time.  To take those dreams and make them real.

This is a real challenge for the Renaissance Man.  The tendency for me is to live in my head too much, but it is something I have spent a lot of time working to correct.  Has anyone else experienced this?

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