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Hazlitt on meditation

From an essay on William Hazlitt by Joseph Epstein, this nice recollection:

For many years of my life I did nothing but think. I had nothing else to do but solve some knotty point, or dip into some abstruse author, or look into the sky, or wander by the pebbled sea-side.

Which reminds me of Newton’s begging-off of his own genius:

I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.

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