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From Thoreau, a business mentality

16 Nov

Walden, page 20: “I have always endeavored to acquire strict business habits; they are indispensable to every man. If your trade is with the Celestial Empire, then some small counting house on the coast, in some Salem harbor, will be fixture enough. You will export such articles as the country affords, purely native products, much ice and pine timber and a little granite, always in native bottoms. These will be good ventures.”

“To keep up the steady despatch of commodities, for the supply of such a distant and exorbitant market; to keep yourself informed of the state of markets, prospects of war and peace every where, and anticipate the tendencies of trade and civiliization– charts to be studied, the position of reefs and new lights and buoys to be ascertaind, and ever, and ever, the logarithmic tables to be corrected. Universal science.. account of stock.. profit and loss, of interest, of tare and tret, and gauging all kinds in it, as demand a universal knowledge.” Henry David Thoreau, Walden, 20

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