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On this day (February 3) in the year 1841, Henry David Thoreau entered 
the following thoughts in his journal.  This text is from Bradford 
Torrey [edit.] "The Writings of Henry David Thoreau; Journal I; 1837-
1846" (Boston: Houghton Mifflin and Co., 1906) page 189:
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   Feb. 2.  Tuesday.  It is easy to repeat, but hard to originate.  
Nature is readily made to repeat herself in a thousand forms, and in 
the daguerreotype her own light is amanuensis, and the picture too has 
more than a surface significance,--a depth equal to the prospect,--so 
that the microscope may be applied to the one as the spy-glass to the 
other.  Thus we may easily multiply the forms of the outward; but to 
give the within outwardness, that is not easy.
   That an impression may be taken, perfect stillness, though but for 
an instant, is necessary.  There is something analogous in the birth of 
all rhymes.

Posted for your enjoyment.     Gary W. Ewer     

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