Labor of the hands (Walden 110)

“But labor of the hands, even when pursued to the verge of drudgery, is perhaps never the worst form of idleness. It has a constant and imperishable moral, and to the scholar it yields a classic result.”

—Henry David Thoreau, “The Bean-Field,” Walden

Do you find this is true? You get stuck on a creative project, put it away and do some household task, or work in the yard — something physical and relatively mindless — and you come back and your mind works better somehow.

(About  “A Year in Walden”)

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