No man ever stood the lower in my estimation for having a patch in his clothes; yet I am sure that there is greater anxiety, commonly, to have fashionable, or at least clean and unpatched clothes, than to have a sound conscience.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) American philosopher and writer
Walden, “Economy” (1854)

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  1. My mistake! I wonder how I did that?

    I do notice now that the actual quote begins “No man ever stood…” rather than “No man has ever stood…”

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