The Dead

We are haunted by the ghosts of idle hours passed, and guided by the spirits of hours well spent. Those of us who are strongest cannot rest without expending considerable labor; for the phantoms of the dead, whom we have set in motion and invited by our tendencies, abuse us always with petitions. Our souls are related by affinities, and our relatives have always some claim upon our time. I know, for instance, that the late authors whom I love are also my ancestors, and visit me often — particularly, the more obscure among them — if only to entreat me to make their names, their loves, and lessons known.

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One thought on “The Dead

  1. How beautiful and how true:
    “…our relatives have always some claim upon our time. I know, for instance, that the late authors whom I love are also my ancestors… if only to entreat me to make their names, their loves, and lessons known.”

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