Henry David Thoreau quote about thought from Life Without Principle - The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.
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The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.
 Henry David Thoreau, Life Without Principle (1863). copy citation

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“He described things not in or near to his heart, but toward his extremities and superficies. There was, in this sense, no truly central or centralizing thought in the lecture. I would have had him deal with his privatest experience, as the poet does. The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer. I am surprised, as well as delighted, when this happens, it is such a rare use he would make of me, as if he were acquainted with the tool. Commonly, if men want anything of me, it is only to know how many acres I make of their land,—since I am a surveyor,—or, at most, what trivial news I have burdened myself with.” source

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