Our life is…

IMAGE: Our life is frittered away by detail. An honest man has hardly need to count more than his ten fingers, or in extreme cases he may add his ten toes, and lump the rest. Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb nail.

Our life is frittered away by detail. An honest man has hardly need to count more than his ten fingers, or in extreme cases he may add his ten toes, and lump the rest. Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb nail. - (1817 - 62): Walden; or, Life in the Woods

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われわれの生は些末事によって徒消される。正直な人間はその十本の指をかぞえる以上の必要はほとんどない。特別の場合には十本の足指をくわえるぐらいで、あとはひとからげにすればよい。単純、単純、単純! わたしはいう、諸君の問題を二つか三つにしておきなさい、百とか千とかではなく。百万のかわりに半ダースをかぞえ、あなたの親指の爪に勘定書きをつけておきなさい。 - ヘンリー・デイヴィッド・ソロー[H・D・ソーロー] (1817 - 62): 『ウォールデン 森の生活[森の生活(ウォールデン)](【訳】神吉三郎(かんきさぶろう) (1899 - 1952))
/ (徒消(としょう)」≒「浪費」)

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