Thoreau Tuesday

Thoreau_ICONHere are some quotes this week from Thoreau’s journals.

Enjoy!

The Journal 1837–1861

Say not that Nature is trivial, for to-morrow she will be radiant with beauty.

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How is it that man always feels like an interloper in nature, as if he had intruded on the domains of bird and beast?

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The really efficient laborer will be found not to crowd his day with work, but will saunter to his task surrounded by a wide halo of ease and leisure. There will be a wide margin for relaxation to his day. He is only earnest to secure the kernels of time, and does not exaggerate the value of the husk. Why should the hen set all day? She can lay but one egg, and besides she will not have picked up materials for a new one. Those who work much do not work hard.

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It is hard to know rocks. They are crude and inaccessible to our nature. We have not enough of the stony element in us.

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I thank you, God. I do not deserve anything, I am unworthy of the least regard; and yet I am made to rejoice. I am impure and worthless, and yet the world is gilded for my delight and holidays are prepared for me, and my path is strewn with flowers.

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The poet must be continually watching the moods of his mind, as the astronomer watches the aspects of the heavens.

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