“ Go not to the object let it come to you” — Thoreau, Princeton edition of the Journals, vol 5, 344
“[We can contrast] investigations that are, as it were, self-willed, where the investigator stands above, over and against, what is investigated, and one where the investigator is ‘object-willed’, moved to consideration of what she stands enmeshed in, alongside, and which calls out to her for consideration. We might say that in the first case, the investigation proceeds in light produced by the investigator, in the second, in light produced by the ‘object’ investigated.” –Kelly Jolley
“Each thought that is welcomed and recorded is a nest egg— by the side of which more will be laid. Thoughts accidentally thrown together become a frame— in which more may be developed—& exhibited. Perhaps this is the main value of a habit of writing— of keeping a journal. That so we remember our best hours—& stimulate ourselves. My thoughts are my company— They have a certain individuality & separate existence— aye personality. Having by chance recorded a few disconnected thoughts and then brought them into juxtaposition— they suggest a whole new field in which it was possible to labor & to think. Thought begat thought.” — (Princeton Journ. 4: 277– 78)
“in the true natural order the order or system is not insisted on. … The species and individuals of all the natural kingdoms ask our attention and admiration in a round robin” (J XIV: 119).