Quote: Time is but a stream

From time to time I post quotes that I find particularly apt and I want to find again on my blog. This one I heard on an XM Radio classic radio episode and I tracked down the text and source. It really struck a chord with me and I think it is a good way to consider time. In the show it was cued up his friend asking if spending this time at Walden Pond was really a good investment of his time.

“Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in. I drink at it; but while I drink I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is. Its thin current slides away, but eternity remains.”

~Henry David Thoreau, Where I Lived and What I Lived For in Walden, 1854
as cited in The Oxford Dictionary of American Quotations

I must not be the only one taken with this quote I also found it available on a T-shirt.

By the way the show I heard was the Thoreau episode of An American Gallery from the 1960s and featured Bill Cosby (yes that Bill Cosby) as narrator. It was really well done chock full of Thoreau quotes and those who know a bit about the literary community of 19th century Concord, Massachusetts will find plenty of inside references and winks to smile at. I especially liked how they had Louisa May Alcott visit.


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Sarah Uthoff - Trundlebed Tales

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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