Tuesday, May 25, 2010

don't quote me, quote him.

It is no secret that I am in love with Henry David Thoreau.

If it were 1847, I'd be living with him in a one room cabin on the banks of Walden Pond.

But it's not, so instead I just read and re-read and re-read his words.

And fall in love all over again.

Here are four reasons:

"As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness."

"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. "

"If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen. "

"I have learned, that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. "

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tell it to me tuesdays

5 comments:

Jade @ Tasting Grace said...

Awesome! I need to read more Thoreau.

WackyMummy said...

I love the last one! =)

Anonymous said...

Did Thoreau have an ipod?

Heart2Heart said...

We need more writers like this one in today's world. These are classics and will never grow old, but age like fine wine!

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Heidi said...

Great quotes, I think I need to read Thoreau. I love all 4 but I think the second is my absolute favourite.