Wednesday, May 25, 2011

leap in the dark

There is always some accident in the best things,
whether thoughts or expressions or deeds.  The memorable thought, the happy expression, the admirable deed are only partly ours.  The thought came to us because we were in a fit mood; also we were unconscious and did not know that we had said or done a good thing.  We must walk consciously only partway toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success.

~ Henry David Thoreau
from his journal, March 11, 1858
photo by Robert Goulet