Please check your sources…even if it’s Thoreau

A local organization is using the following quote as a part of their theme:

“Most people live lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with a song still in them…”

Fortunately, this organization did not attribute the quote to Thoreau, but everyone else does (and this organization probably thought they were getting a quote/idea from the 19th century Concord pond guy. Just a Google Search of the “quote” will show you how much people think that Henry wrote it.

Thing is: he didn’t write it. He actually wrote:

“The mass of men live lives of quiet desperation…” and if you want the rest: READ IT FOR YOURSELF…LOOK IT UP BEFORE YOU QUOTE or ATTRIBUTE.

Fortunately, some folk have done this.

Okay, first Santa Clause now “song still in them”…hopefully I can get back to real stuff.

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