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From Thoreau’s Walden

‘Hardly a man takes a half hour’s nap after dinner, but when he wakes he holds up his head and asks, “What’s the news?” as if the rest of mankind had stood his sentinels. Some give directions to be waked every half hour, doubtless for no other purpose; and then, to pay for it, they tell what they have dreamed. “Pray tell me any thing new that has happened to a man any where on this globe,”—and he reads it over his coffee and rolls, that a man has had his eyes gouged out this morning on the Wachito River; never dreaming the while that he lives in the dark unfathomed mammoth cave of this world, and has but the rudiment of an eye himself.’

One response to “From Thoreau’s Walden

  1. Love this passage. As the odds would have it, I was reading it yesterday.

    My favorite bit:“To a philosopher all news, as it is call, is gossip, and they who edit and read it are old women over their tea”

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