Quotation by Henry David Thoreau

In the midst of this chopping sea of civilized life, such are the clouds and storms and quicksands and thousand-and-one items to be allowed for, that a man has to live, if he would not founder and go to the bottom and not make his port at all, by dead reckoning, and he must be a great calculator indeed who succeeds.
Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Where I Lived, and What I Lived For," Walden (1854).
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