This theme has been intriguing me – how far is expectation prophecy? How far can you create something by expecting it? Thoreau touches on it a few times. Elsewhere he mentions that fear can create danger and courage dispel it.
And what is a sense of expectancy? Sometimes you have a hunch something is just around the corner or in the making, and sometimes you’re right.
‘Expectation may amount to prophecy.’ 2 April 1852
Source: Henry David Thoreau, The Journal 1837-1861, Damion Searls (ed.), preface by John R. Stilgoe (New York: New York Review Books, 2009), p. 120
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