Tag: thoreau


  • innumerable avenues to a perception of the truth

    “Be greedy of occasions to express your thought. Improve the opportunity to draw analogies. There are innumerable avenues to a perception of the truth. Improve the suggestion of each object however humble, however slight and transient the provocation. What else is there to be improved? Who knows what opportunities he may neglect? It is not […]

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  • if you let me have the ordinary

    “You may have the extraordinary for your province, if you will let me have the ordinary. Give me the obscure life, the cottage of the poor and humble, the workdays of the world, the barren fields, the smallest share of all things but poetic perception. Give me but the eyes to see the things which […]

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  • thoreau’s journals

    I read from Thoreau’s journal today again…another book that I bought years ago and had tried to read once, then set down for a half of decade. What has changed within that half of a decade to make it seem more approachable? I think perhaps the biggest change is that I’m no longer for looking […]

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  • ill-sown discourses

    “If our scholars would lead more earnest lives, we should not witness those lame conclusions to their ill-sown discourses, but their sentences would pass over the ground like loaded rollers, and not mere hollow and wooden ones, to press in the seed and make it germinate.” (January 5, 1842) Henry David Thoreau It is interesting, […]

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  • death as a space-maker

    October 24th, 1837 Every part of nature teaches that the passing away of one life is the making room for another. The oak dies down to the ground, leaving within its rind a rich virgin mould, which will impart a vigorous life to an infant forest. The pine leaves a sandy and sterile soil, the […]

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