Walden – Henry David Thoreau

Published April 17, 2013 by Jill London
Original title page of Walden featuring a pict...

Original title page of Walden featuring a picture drawn by Thoreau’s sister Sophia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. . . . In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness.”

Henry David Thoreau

9 comments on “Walden – Henry David Thoreau

      • I agree! I was expecting something stuffy and Victorian but I think most authors are surprising like that. It’s only listening to ‘experts’ gushing about them that makes them seem pompous and scary. It’s a shame because the minute someone mentions ‘the classics’ most people understandably go into shut-down.

  • I had to read Walden in high school and I did not fully appreciate it at the time. While I still find the whole of Walden a bit daunting, the years have given me a great appreciation for Thoreau. One of my (many) favorites: “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away.”

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