October 25, 2010

Thoreau on writing

On the first page of Walden; or, Life in the Woods, Henry David Thoreau writes, “Moreover, I, on my side, require of every writer, first or last, a simple and sincere account of his own life, and not merely what he has heard of other men’s lives; some such account as he would send to his kindred from a distant land; for if he has lived sincerely, it must have been in a distant land to me.”

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