Say what you have to say, not what you ought

spool of thread wth pins

Tell the tailors to remember to make a knot in their thread before the first stitch

No face which we can give to a matter will stead us so well at last as the truth. This alone wears well. For the most part, we are not where we are, but in a false position. Through an infirmity of our natures, we suppose a case, and put ourselves into it, and hence are in two cases at the same time, and it is doubly difficult to get out. In sane moments we regard only the facts, the case that is. Say what you have to say, not what you ought. Any truth is better than make-believe. Tom Hyde, the tinker, standing on the gallows, was asked if he had anything to say. “Tell the tailors,” said he, “to remember to make a knot in their thread before they take the first stitch.” His companion’s prayer is forgotten.

by Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862)
from Walden: Or Life in the Woods (1854)
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2 Responses to “Say what you have to say, not what you ought”

  1. sord87 Says:

    What i would say is we have the right to what we’re saying in a reason of thinkable saying.The reason of of being a tailor is to know what we’re knitting!Thanks for a good say!

  2. sayanimbuzz Says:

    Good Work my friend and keep it up

    CheerS
    Andi – Saya Nimbuzz