wisdom smacks of the earth
...Thoreau's Journal: 16-Aug-1853

How earthy old people become,—mouldy as the grave! Their wisdom smacks of the earth. There is no foretaste of immortality in it. They remind me of earthworms and mole crickets.


iloveberlin.jenny said...

very interesting!

michael jameson said...

with age comes wisdom "to a degree" and at some point mortality sets in to each of us! some terrified people turn to the religion of there country and convince themselves they they will live forever!, some can except they are a life and dieing is part of living!the first think they are going to the next room!, yet i have seen both die and it is the people who except death as part of life that die with a smile! the ones who tried to convince otherwise die in terror. michael jameson oldantiqueguy@hotmail.com