Quotation by Henry David Thoreau

The man of genius, like a dog with a bone, or the slave who has swallowed a diamond, or a patient with the gravel, sits afar and retired, off the road, hangs out no sign of refreshment for man and beast, but says, by all possible hints and signs, I wish to be alone,—good-by,—fare-well. But the Landlord can afford to live without privacy.
Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "The Landlord" (1843), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 5, p. 157, Houghton Mifflin (1906).
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