So basically he told a whopping lie, but it was effective and therefore admirable.
― the unappreciated charisma of cows (Aimless), Wednesday, 2 September 2020 18:06 (one month ago) link
You could say that; or you could say that Thoreau had well absorbed Emerson's teachings (Ralph Waldo, not little Edward) about compensation.
Men suffer all their life long, under the foolish superstition that they can be cheated. But it is as impossible for a man to be cheated by any one but himself, as for a thing to be and not to be at the same time. There is a third silent party to all our bargains. The nature and soul of things takes on itself the guaranty of the fulfilment of every contract, so that honest service cannot come to loss. If you serve an ungrateful master, serve him the more. Put God in your debt. Every stroke shall be repaid. The longer the payment is withholden, the better for you; for compound interest on compound interest is the rate and usage of this exchequer.
― handsome boy modelling software (bernard snowy), Wednesday, 2 September 2020 19:33 (one month ago) link