Thoreau's Grand Analogy

Sound and silence were Thoreau’s grand analogy: silence was a celestial sea of eternity, the general, spiritual, and immutable; sound was the particular and momentary bubble on its surface.

—Sherman Paul, “The Wise Silence: Sound as the Agency of Correspondence in Thoreau,” The New England Quarterly 22.4 (1949), 513.

comments powered by Disqus