Quote by Henry David Thoreau
Time is but the stream I go a-fishin in. I drink at it, but while I drink I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is. It's thin current slides away, but eternity remains.
This quote highlights the ephemeral nature of time and emphasizes the idea that life is fleeting. The concept of time is compared to a flowing stream where the speaker engages in different experiences and gains insight. While the speaker drinks from the stream, they become aware of its limitations and transience. The stream's current slides away symbolizing the passing of time, yet the notion of eternity endures beyond it. Overall, the quote encourages reflection on the impermanence of time and the infinite nature of existence.
The worst of it is that I am perpetually being punished for nothing; this governor loves to punish, and he punishes by taking my books away from me. It's perfectly awful to let the mind grind itself away between the upper and nether millstones of regret and remorse without respite; with books my life would be livable -- any life.
Against the censurers of brevity. - Something said briefly can be the fruit of much long thought: but the reader who is a novice in this field, and has as yet reflected on it not at all, sees in everything said briefly something embryonic, not without censuring the author for having served him up such immature and unripened fare.