Thoreau's Journal: 20-Mar-1841

Even the wisest and best are apt to use their lives as the occasion to do something else in than to live greatly. But we should hang as fondly over this work as the finishing and embellishment of a poem.

It is a great relief when for a few moments in the day we can retire to our chamber and be completely true to ourselves. It leavens the rest of our hours. In that moment I will be nakedly as vicious as I am; this false life of mine shall have a being at length.


Sylvia said...

Are there some words missing?

Greg said...

Sylvia, sorry. I left out the "do" in line 1. And misplaced an "as" in the last line. Methinks I shouldn't post on Saturday nights. Otherwise the post is actually the entire entry for that day.