27 April 2010

David Henry Thoreau; July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862, Concord, Massachusetts

Quotes from Walking (1862)

Of private property: "To enjoy a thing exclusively is commonly to exclude yourself from the true enjoyment of it."

"The highest that we can attain to is not Knowledge, but Sympathy with Intelligence. I do not know that this higher knowledge amounts to anything more definite than a novel and grand surprise on a sudden revelation of the insufficiency of all that we called Knowledge before ..."

" ... few and fewer thoughts visit each growing man from year to year, for the grove in our minds is laid waste, –sold to feed unnecessary fires of ambition, or sent to mill, and there is scarcely a twig left for them to perch on."

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