Quotation by Henry David Thoreau

I have made a very rude translation of the Seven against Thebes, and Pindar too I have looked at, and wish he was better worth translating. I believe even the best things are not equal to their fame. Perhaps it would be better to translate fame itself,—or is not that what the poets themselves do? However, I have not done with Pindar yet.
Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Letter, August 7, 1843, to Ralph Waldo Emerson, in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 6, p. 102, Houghton Mifflin (1906).
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