Saturday, June 18, 2011

just a thought

I am struck by the fact that the more slowly trees grow at first

the sounder they are at the core

and I think the same is true for human beings.
 We do not wish to see children precocious
 Making great strides in their early years like sprouts
 Producing a soft and perishable timber;
 But better if they expand slowly at first
 As if contending with difficulties
  And so are solidified and perfected.
 Such trees continue to expand with nearly equal rapidity
 To an extreme old age.
 - Henry David Thoreau

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