Thursday, August 26, 2010


He Did Not Join Any of Them

Henry David Thoreau, Cape Cod, V (The Wellfleet Oysterman):
He was curious to know to what religious sect we belonged. He said that he had been to hear thirteen kinds of preaching in one month, when he was young, but he did not join any of them, — he stuck to his Bible. There was nothing like any of them in his Bible.
Horace, Epistles 1.1.14 (tr. Niall Rudd):
I don't feel bound to swear obedience to any master.

Nullius addictus iurare in verba magistri.

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