12.7. 1817 Concord, Mass. 6.5. 1862 Concord, Mass.
|It takes two to speak the truth
one to speak, and another to hear.
|The mass of men lead lives of quiet
desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the
desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself
with the bravery of minks and muskrats. A stereotyped but unconscious despair
is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind.
There is no play in them, for this comes after work. But it is a characteristic
of wisdom not to do desperate things. Walden, 1.
|But, wherever a man goes, men will pursue and paw him with
their dirty institutions, and, if they can, constrain him to belong to their
desperate odd-fellow society. Walden, 8. The
If a man does not keep pace with his companions,
|Walden, or Life in the Woods online|