“ Go not to the object let it come to you” (Thoreau, Princeton edition of the Journals, vol 5, 344
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. (PJ 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).