Walking


I wish to speak a good word for Nature, for absolute freedom and wildness, as contrasted with a freedom and culture merely civil–to regard man as an inhabitant, or a part and parcel of Nature, rather than a member of society.

I believe in the forest, and in the meadow, and in the night in which the corn grows. We require an infusion of hemlock, spruce, or arbor vitae in our tea.

Above all, we cannot afford not to live in the present. He is blessed over all mortals who loses no passing life in remembering the past.

Politics is but a narrow field, and that still narrower highway yonder leads to it.

My desire for knowledge is intermittent, but my desire to bathe my head in atmospheres unknown to my feet is perennial and constant.

There is something servile in the habit of seeking after law which we may obey. We may study the laws of matter at and for our convenience, but a successful life knows no law.

The world with which we are commonly acquainted leaves no trace, and it will have no anniversary.

 

Quotes from “Walking” by Henry David Thoreau. Photos from Taking the Scenic Route and other places

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