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


About Edmark M. Law

My name Edmark M. Law. I work as a freelance writer, mainly writing about science and mathematics. I am an ardent hobbyist. I like to read, solve puzzles, play chess, make origami and play basketball. In addition, I dabble in magic, particularly card magic and other sleight-of-hand type magic. I live in Hong Kong. I blog at learnfunfacts.com. You can find me on Twitter @EdmarkLaw and Facebook. My email is edmarklaw@learnfunfacts.com
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7 Responses to Quotable #43: Words

  1. I believe that the word should stand for itself without distinction of person.

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    • 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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  2. B. says:


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  3. He looks a bit tired from trying to figure out the difference!

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  4. masercot says:

    Mean people are about average…

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