Friday, September 23, 2005



Henry David Thoreau, Journal (August 18, 1851):
It plainly makes men sad to think. Hence pensiveness is akin to sadness.
Pensive means thoughtful, sober, or sad. It is derived from French penser, to think. Milton wrote verses contrasting the sad, thoughtful man (Il Penseroso) and the cheerful, giddy man (L'Allegro). Il Penseroso would be a good blog name.

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