“How many there are who advise you to print! How few who advise you to lead a more interior life! In the one case there is all the world to advise you, in the other there is none to advise you but yourself. Nobody ever advised me not to print but myself. The public persuade the author to print, as the meadow invites the brook to fall into it. Only he can be trusted with gifts who can present a face of bronze to expectations.1”
Does the advent of self-publishing – electronic books, blogging, social media – make striking the balance more elusive, or easier to segregate?
MG signing off (to push another publish button, subject matter notwithstanding)
1 [At the time, Walden was ready for printing but Thoreau did not yet have a publisher]