These are quotes from the end of my Freshman summer of college. Remembering this time of my life I was getting over a broken heart. It was the first time I had ever been in love and was 19. I attempted to read Walden but only made it a quarter of the way through the book; these are the passages that struck me as important during this time and which I chose to write down.
"Most men, even in this comparatively free country, through mere ignorance and mistake, are so occupied with the factitious cares and superfluously coarse labors of life that its finer fruits cannot be plucked by them. Their fingers, from excessive toil, are too clumsy and tremble too much for that." - Henry David Thoreau, Walden. August 22, 2013. 1:07 PM Thursday afternoon.
"The finest qualities of our nature, like the bloom on fruits, can be preserved only by the most delicate handling. Yet we do not treat ourselves nor one another thus tenderly." - Henry David Thoreau, Walden. 8/22/2013; 1:09 PM.
"In any weather, at any hour of the day or night, I have been anxious to improve the nick of time, and notch it on my stick too; to stand on the meeting of two eternities, the past and future, which is precisely the present moment; to toe that line." - Henry David Thoreau, Walden. 8/24/2013, 6:41 AM. Saturday morning.
"Often if an accident happens to a gentleman's legs, they can be mended; but if a similar accident happens to the legs of his pantaloons, there is no help for it; for he considers, not what is truly respectable, but what is respected." - Henry David Thoreau, Walden. 8/24/2013, 9:41 AM. Saturday morning.
"In the long run men hit only what they aim at. Therefore, though they should fail immediately, they had better aim at something high." - Henry David Thoreau, Walden. 8/25/2013, 11:47 PM. Sunday lunchtime.
"Birds do not sing in caves, nor do doves cherish their innocence in dovecots." - Henry David Thoreau, 8/25/2013, 11:48 PM. (My side note: get outside folks.)
"While civilization has been improving our houses, it has not equally improved the men who are to inhabit them." - Henry David Thoreau, Walden. August 29, 2013. 7:56 AM Thursday morning.
"I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself than be crowded on a velvet cushion." - Henry David Thoreau, Walden. August 29, 2013. 6:47 PM Thursday night.
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