Going to the woods…

17 04 2009

 

Here’s a great quote from Thoreau’s “Walden”, written in 1854.

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan- like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world; or if it were sublime, to know it by experience, and be able to give a true account of it in my next excursion. For most men, it appears to me, are in a strange uncertainty about it…” “…The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation.”

Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862), American writer & philosopher  

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20 04 2009
sarahpanda

Hmmm sounds like going and living in the woods in some hermit-like fashion was found to be a waste of life.. but then in order to justify this he pretended it was a great idea all along..

Argh or my thinking could be crazed by the guys in tights blowing whistles and beating drums whilst waving flags outside my apartment at 10pm… to practice for all the drunken whistling, drumming and flag waving they will be doing in 2 weeks… wherein they also have a kite battle and set things on fire… oh Japan..

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