In the cartoons above are two men treating books in completely different ways. In the first caricature, facing hundreds of books on the shelf, a man is speaking proudly, “I have so many books!” On the contrary, in the second drawing, facing merely one book on the desk, another person is saying to himself, “I will exert my effort to finish reading 20 books this year.” The cartoons are captioned: “owning books and reading books”.
The aim of the portrayals is to show us that action speak louder than words. Ambition is nothing without action, whereas action is perfectly possible without ambition, as is evidenced by impulsive people. Let us consider for instance Leonardo Da Vinci. In his life he created many
brilliant works of art and invented many machines, such as the helicopter, that surpassed the technology of his time. If he had only been an ambitious man, he would have no doubt left us only with nice artifacts. Yet, Da Vinci was a man of action who could not sit still, so he produced a dazzling legacy of painting and inventions.
Generally speaking, ambition and action are both essential in determining whether we flourish or fall behind. The former gives us the drive and direction to move forward, while the latter enables us to take the initiative to implement our vision and make things happen. Just as the famous British philosopher John Locke said, “The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts”.
ambition 目标、野心；ambitious 野心勃勃的；dazzling 耀眼的、dazzle使眼花
上述图画中有两个人以完全不同的态度对待读书。在第一幅漫画中，一个人面对着书架上成百上千本书，骄傲地说：“我有这么多书！”相反，在第二幅漫画中，另一个人面对桌上仅有的一本书，自言自语道：“我争取今年读完 20 本书”。标题提示我们：“有书”与“读书”。