In need of a brief respite from the city, Sara and I went to Walden Pond to enjoy the solitude, picnic, swim (Sara, not me!), and read a bit of Thoreau. Here are some of my favorite quotations.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.
Friends... they cherish one another's hopes. They are kind to one another's dreams.
If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law.
None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.
It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
I am a happy camper so I guess I’m doing something right. Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.
-Henry David Thoreau
There are many famous quotations by Henry David Thoreau, author of Walden and Civil Disobedience. Do you have a favorite?