Quotation by Henry David Thoreau

I am as unfit for any practical purpose—I mean for the furtherance of the world's ends—as gossamer for ship-timber; and I, who am going to be a pencil-maker to-morrow, can sympathize with God Apollo, who served King Admetus for a while on earth.
Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Letter, September 8, 1841, to Lucy Brown, in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 6, p. 39, Houghton Mifflin (1906).
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