Thursday, September 6, 2007

The Way We Weren't

When Herman Melville encountered Ralph Waldo Emerson’s advice “Trust men, and they will be true to you,” the truculent author of Moby-Dick wrote in the margin of his copy of Emerson’s Essays, “God help the poor fellow who squares his life according to this.”
(See Andrew Delbanco, "The Great White Whale," The New Republic, September 30, 2002, p. 36)

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