Marginalia, no.104

He who resists not at all will never surrender.

~ Thoreau, from the Journal

We can forgive Thoreau for this one since he was still in his twenties when he wrote it.  It’s something like that impish bit of advice according to which the best way to escape temptation is to give in right away.  Duh.  For all their pleasures, aphorisms make unreliable philosophy, and their temptations are most alluring to those least recommended to utter them – that is, the young.


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