2.19.2014

the earnest lecturer
...Thoreau's Journal: 19-Feb-1855

Many will complain of my lectures that they are transcendental. “Can’t understand them.” “Would you have us return to the savage state?” etc., etc. A criticism true enough, it may be, from their point of view. But the fact is, the earnest lecturer can speak only to his like, and the adapting of himself to his audience is a mere compliment which he pays them. If you wish to know how I think, you must endeavor to put yourself in my place. If you wish me to speak as if I were you, that is another affair.

4 comments:

Koman said...

"If you wish to know how I think, you must endeavor to put yourself in my place."
This is the single greatest thing we could do to help solve the world's problems.

Brad said...

I second that, Koman!

michael jameson said...

if i am to write for you and not myself I WILL MAKE YOU WONDER AND THINK FOR I HAVE EXPERIENCED WHAT I WRITE and for you to understand it i must make you visualize and think, not just read, you must imagine accept and reflect! michael jameson oldantiqueguy@hotmail.com

steven said...

This reminds me of Emerson: "Speak what you think today in hard words and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said today." The two of them together are like gods to be reckoned with. Where has this force of literature been hiding all these years...