Quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson

In the gingham-mill, a broken thread or a shred spool spoils the web through a piece of a hundred yards, and is traced back to the girl that wove it, and lessens her wages. The stockholder, on being shown this, rubs his hands with delight. Are you so cunning Mr. Profitloss, and do you expect to swindle your master and employer, in the web you weave? A day is more magnificent cloth than any muslin, the mechanism that makes it is infinitely cunninger, and you shall not conceal the sleazy, fraudulent, rotten hours you have slipped into the piece, nor fear that any honest thread, or straighter steel, or more inflexible shaft, will not testify in the web.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Power," The Conduct of Life (1860).
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