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<亨利‧梭羅語錄 001>


沒有人會因為衣服有補丁,而在我的眼中顯得比人矮一截;然而我深信比起能擁有一顆高潔的良心,常人都更渴求身穿時髦衣裳,或者至少是乾淨未加縫補的。但即便衣服破了不補,所暴露的最大毛病也只不過是為人得過且過罷了。有時候我會如此測試我認識的人 ─ 誰敢穿膝蓋有個補丁,或只是多兩道裂縫的褲子?大多數人都表現出一副這麼做的話一生的大好前程都毀了的樣子。要他們斷條腿一瘸一拐地進城,比起穿條破褲子進城容易多了。常見的是,倘若一位紳士的腿受了意外之傷,腿傷是可以復元的;但倘若他的褲子意外受了同樣損傷,那就完了;因為他所在乎的並非真正值得尊敬的東西,而是使人家尊敬的東西。我們幾乎不認識人,所認識的只是一大堆外套褲子。把你剛脫下來的衣褲穿在一個稻草人身上,而你光溜溜站一旁,誰會見到稻草人而不立刻鞠躬致敬呢?


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No man ever stood the lower in my estimation for having a patch in his clothes; yet I am sure that there is greater anxiety, commonly, to have fashionable, or at least clean and unpatched clothes, than to have a sound conscience. But even if the rent is not mended, perhaps the worst vice betrayed is improvidence. I sometimes try my acquaintances by such tests as this — Who could wear a patch, or two extra seams only, over the knee? Most behave as if they believed that their prospects for life would be ruined if they should do it. It would be easier for them to hobble to town with a broken leg than with a broken pantaloon. Often if an accident happens to a gentleman's legs, they can be mended; but if a similar accident happens to the legs of his pantaloons,there is no help for it; for he considers, not what is truly respectable, but what is respected. We know but few men, a great many coats and breeches. Dress a scarecrow in your last shift, you standing shiftless by, who would not soonest salute the scarecrow?

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