Wednesday, May 14, 2008


Wasting Time

An attitude I admire is expressed in this saying attributed to Louis Agassiz:
I cannot afford to waste my time in making money.
I can't find a written source. Perhaps it was recalled and handed down from a remark he made in conversation. Cf. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Topical Notebooks, vol. 3 (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1994), p. 50 (on Agassiz):
When they tempted him once with high prices for lectures he said, "Sir, I can't waste my time in making money."

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