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.

1 comment:

Keith Kimmel said...

firstly. thank you for your effort. the art of Thoreau is so vital and yet so under appreciated.

secondly as an artist (in the all ecompassing way) I find this passage particularly useful.