Quote by Henry David Thoreau
As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.
This quote highlights the importance of repetition and consistency in shaping both our physical and mental experiences. Just as one step alone cannot create a visible pathway on the ground, a single thought cannot create a lasting imprint in our minds. Walking repeatedly forms a strong physical path, while thinking persistently about certain thoughts allows them to become dominant forces in our lives. To cultivate the desired mental path, we must consciously and consistently think thoughts that align with our goals, aspirations, and values.
If my duty to my parents is a superstition, then so is my duty to posterity. If justice is a superstition, then so is my duty to my country or my race. If the pursuit of scientific knowledge is a real value, then so is conjugal fidelity. The rebellion of new ideologies against the Tao is a rebellion of the branches against the tree: if the rebels could succeed they would find that they had destroyed themselves.