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Monday, June 05, 2006

Thoughts from Walden


I've been (attempting) to read Walden in the past two weeks. It's a good read so far, but the house, wedding, grad school, and work has got me too busy. Not to mention that our DSL is still a little shakey. Oh well.

There are a lot of good quotes in the part I've read so far. So in the absence of having any time to think about a post, I'll add them here. All are by H.D. Thoreau and are from Walden.

  • no way of thinking or doing, however ancient, can be trusted without proof
  • all chagne is a miracle to contemplate; but it is a miracle which si taking place every instant
  • there are nowadays professors of philosophy, but not philosophers,
  • in any weather, at any hour of the day or night, i have been anxious ... to stand on the meeting of two eternities, the past and the future, which is precisely the present moment
  • i am sure that there is greater anxiety, commonly, to have fashionable, or at least clean and unpatched clothes, than to have a sound concience
  • the cart before the horse is neither beautiful or useful
  • spending the best part of one's life earning money in order to enjoy a questionable libery during the least valuable part of it

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