Thursday, July 12, 2012

Thoreau on "success"

He's not talking about James's bitch-goddess* here.
“If the day and the night are such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs, is more elastic, more starry, more immortal — that is your success.”
Happy Birthday, Henry David Thoreau: On Defining Your Own Success | Brain Pickings

*The moral flabbiness born of the exclusive worship of the bitch-goddess SUCCESS. That — with the squalid cash interpretation put on the word success — is our national disease.

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