Thoreau's Journal: 21-Sep-1854

I sometimes seem to myself to owe all my little success, all for which men commend me, to my vices. I am perhaps more willful than others and make enormous sacrifices, even of others’ happiness, it may be, to gain my ends. It would seem even as if nothing good could be accomplished without some vice to aid in it.


Tess said...

That's an interesting thought, Henry. I guess a lot of worldly success needs the help of vices as well as virtues.


Milliner's Dream, a woman of many "hats"... said...

Having just started nursing school, I can see that my being strong-willed will definitely be an advantage though is often seen is a negative.