Wisdom from Polonius

Henry David Thoreau

I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment, while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance that I should have been by an epaulet I could have worn.

In what concerns you much, do not think that you have companions: know that you are alone in the world.

My friend is one . . . who take me for what I am.

If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right.  Men will believe what they see.

Our life is frittered away by detail.  Simplify, simplify.

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Harvard Square Commentary, February 5, 2007