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Quotation by Henry David Thoreau
How often, when we have been nearest each other bodily, have we really been farthest off! Our tongues were the witty foils with which we fenced each other off.
Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Letter, June 13, 1840, to Helen Thoreau, in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 6, p. 33, Houghton Mifflin (1906).
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