Making Your Attitude

“Men and boys are learning all kinds of trades but how to make men of themselves. They learn to make houses; but they are not so well housed, they are not so contented in their houses, as the woodchucks in their holes.  What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on? — If you cannot tolerate the planet that it is on?  Grade the ground first.  If a man believes and expects great things of himself, it makes no odds where you put him, or what you show him … he will be surrounded by grandeur.  He is in the condition of a healthy and hungry man, who says to himself, — How sweet this crust is!”

Henry David Thoreau, Letter to Harrison Blake 20 May 1860; emphasis added, published in Familiar Letters 1865.

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About George Crawford

archaeologist, archer, primitive technologist, and wannabee fiddler...mostly
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