Sunday, 11 October 2009
"Why Should I Feel Lonely ? Is Not Our Planet In The Milky Way ?" - Walden by Thoreau
"Walden" by Henry David Thoreau is one of my favourite books of all times. Here are some quotations. Take a moment to reflect upon them.
"I find it wholesome to be alone the greater part of the time. I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude. We are for the most part more lonely when we go abroad among men than when we stay in our chambers."
"Society is commonly too cheap."
"Yet we should oftener look over the tafferel of our craft, like curious passengers, and not make the voyage like stupid sailors picking oakum. The other side of the globe is but the home of our correspondent."
"Perhaps it seemed to me that I had several more lives to live, and could not spare any more time for that one."
"The surface of the earth is soft and impressible by the feet of men; and so with the paths which the mind travels."
"I did not wish to take a cabin passage, but rather to go before the mast and on the deck of the world, for there I could best see the moonlight amid the mountains. I do not wish to go below now."
"Say what you have to say, not what you ought. Any truth is better than make-believe."
"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavours to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."
"Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth. I sat a table where were rich food and wine in abundance, and obsequious attendance, but sincerity and truth were not; and I went away hungry from the inhospitable board. The hospitality was as cold as the ices. I thought that there was no need of ice to freeze them. They talked to me of the age of the wine and the fame of the vintage; but I thought of an older, a new, and purer wine, of a more glorious vintage, which they had no got, and could not buy."
"Besides, we are sound asleep nearly half our time. Yet we esteem ourselves wise, and have an established order on the surface."
"Do not trouble yourself much to get new things. Things do not change; we change. Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts. God will see that you do not want society."
"The light which puts out our eyes is darkness to us. Only that day dawns to which we are awake. There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star."
-- H.D. Thoreau