Imago lacus

The picture above was taken by a dear friend, the American poet Debra Kang Dean (please do not use it without permission). I met Debra three years before, when I went to Walden to work with his late husband Brad, a great Thoreau scholar. Once we spent hours tracking this quotation: "Some men go fishing all their lives without ever realizing it's not fish they are after." We concluded that Thoreau never wrote it, but si non è vero...

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Emerson forever

Whilst the multitude of men degrade each other, and give currency to desponding doctrines, the scholar must be a bringer of hope, and must reinforce man against himself. […] The bigot must cease to be a bigot to-day. Into our charmed circle, power cannot enter; and the sturdiest defender of existing institutions feels the terrific inflammability of this air which condenses heat in every corner that may restore to the elements the fabrics of ages. Nothing solid is secure; every thing tilts and rocks. Even the scholar is not safe; he too is searched and revised. Is his learning dead? Is he living in his memory? The power of mind is not mortification, but life.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Method of Nature (1841)


  1. Recuerdo mi parto (real) y no sé qué pensar. Aun así, me gusta lo que entiendo.

  2. "Todo se mueve; nada sólido es seguro. Ni siquiera el estudioso está a salvo." Gabon!

  3. Lo decía por esto:

    "The power of mind is not mortification, but life".

    Gracias por tu subrayado.

    Buena noche.