Quotable #43: Words

Henry David Thoreau

“If a mean person uses a wise maxim, I bethink me how it can be interpreted so as to commend itself to his meanness; but if a wise man makes a commonplace remark, I consider what wider construction it will admit.”

— Henry David Thoreau, from his journal dated July 11, 1840, cited in The Works of Henry David Thoreau, 1906

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7 thoughts on “Quotable #43: Words

    1. I understand your point. Even a fool might be able to come up with wise words from time to time and we would be fools if we refuse to learn or at least listen to his words just because he’s a fool. Nonetheless, the context behind the words can be important as well.

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