Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Walden or, Life in the Woods (8).

Henry David Thoreau. New York: Literary Classics of the United States, Inc. 1854 (1985).

Why read it? The desire to live close to nature without dependence on material goods. Describes the changing seasons. Offers interesting reflections on modern life.

Quotes and Ideas.

“…building castles in the air for which earth offered no worthy foundation.” p. 536.

“…for all the motions of a squirrel, even in the most solitary recesses of the forest, imply spectators as much as those of a dancing girl….” p. 540.

“I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance than I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn. “ p. 541.

“The perch swallows the grub-worm, the pickerel swallows the perch, and fisherman swallows the pickerel; and so all the chinks in the scale of being are filled.” p. 548.

“It is remarkable how long men will believe in the bottomlessness of a pond without taking the trouble to sound.” p. 549.

“Ice is an interesting subject for contemplation.” p. 559.

“The night is the winter, the morning and evening are the spring and fall, and the noon is the summer.” p. 562.

“The first sparrow of spring: ….what at such a time are histories, chronologies, traditions and all written revelations?” p. 569.

“…the symbol of perpetual youth, the grass-blade….” p. 570.

“In a pleasant spring morning all men’s sins are forgiven.” p. 573.

To be continued.

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