Out of the Past
Thoreau
March 13






and Other Natural History Essays



         

All enterprises must be self-supporting, must pay for themselves. The great art of life is how to turn the surplus life of the soul into life for the body, that so the life be not a failure. For instance, a poet must sustain his body with his poetry. As is said of the merchants, in ninety-nine cases out of a hundred the life of men is a failure, and bankruptcy may be surely prophesied. You must get your living by loving.

To be supported by the charity of friends or a government pension is to go into the almshouse. To inherit property is not to be born, is to be still-born rather.

On Sundays the poor debtor goes to church to take an account of stock, and finds his outgoes greater than his income.
1853
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