Henry David Thoreau
(1817 - 1862)
May 25, 1853 - from Thoreau's Journal"Talked, or tried to talk, to Ralph Waldo Emerson. Lost my time – nay, almost my identity. He, assuming a false opposition where there was no difference of opinion, talked to the wind – told me what I know – and I lost my time trying to imagine myself somebody else to oppose him."
May 25, 1853 - from Emerson's Journal"Henry is militant. He seems stubborn and implaccable; always manly and wise but rarely sweet. One would say that, as Webster could never speak without an antagonist, so Henry does not feel himself except in opposition. He wants a fallacy to expose, a blunder to pillory, requires a little sense of victory, a roll of the drum, to call his powers into full exercise."
Last revised: July 29, 2008.