The following is from a speech Robert Frost gave at Bread Loaf on July 4, 1960 (from the book Robert Frost: A Living Voice, edited by Reginald L. Cook), where he’s describing an encounter with a Boston cab driver:
Now in Boston I said to a fellow who was driving me: “You in college?” He looked about like that—looked as if he was crowding in for an education. He said, “Yes.” I said, “What are you going to do?” He said, “There’s a question whether there’s anything to do in a time like this.” I said, “Oh-oh” sounds like Boston, you know. He said, “But Emerson says that no man should leave the world unless it’s the better for his having been in it.” He said, “But on the other hand, Voltaire says: Mind your own garden. Mind your own business.” I said, “That leaves you hung up somewhere.” And he said, “Yes.” And then I said, “Of course. Never give a child a choice.”
Later in the same lecture:
Now, I have a poem I’ll read you about a typical idealist: he’s unscrupulous. Some people don’t get that. I don’t want to carry that too far. Let me tell you [a story] of it…I had a clipping sent to me from a magazine that we won’t name in which my name was used as having sent a box of apples—sprayed apples, sprayed with chemicals—and that they were rotten when they got to my friend, and so my friend threw them in the compost heap and it ruined the compost heap that year—the chemicals in it. See, it was an organic [farming] magazine. There were three lies in that. I never sprayed an apple in my life. I never boxed an apple in my life. And I never gave any apples to anybody. Three lies in one. That was all just in the interests of organic farming. Three lies. That’s what I call unscrupulous. It’s idealistic, though, wanting to do that.