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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 2032
AUTHOR: Henry David Thoreau (1817–62)
QUOTATION: Drive a nail home and clinch it so faithfully that you can wake up in the night and think of your work with satisfaction,—a work at which you would not be ashamed to invoke the Muse.
ATTRIBUTION: HENRY DAVID THOREAU, Walden, chapter 18, p. 436 (1966). Originally published in 1854.