Out of the Past
October 20

Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau

Sweet Chestnut, Blossom & Fruit
Sweet Chestnut, Blossom & Fruit

High Mountain Lake
High Mountain Lake
The Wisdom of Thoreau
The Wisdom of Thoreau
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From the Journal of Henry David Thoreau

Thoreau and the Art of Life
Thoreau and the Art of Life
Reflections on Nature and the Mystery of Existence

Walden Then & Now
Walden Then & Now
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Walden, or Life in the Woods Poster
Walden, or Life in the Woods

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Picking chestnuts on Pine Hill. A rather cold and wind, somewhat wintry afternoon, the heavens overcast. The clouds have lifted in the northwest, and I see the mountains in sunshine, all the more attractive from the cold I feel here, with a tinge of purple on them, a cold but memorable and glorious outline. This is an advantage of mountains in the horizon: they show you fair weather from the midst of foul. The small red Solomon's-seal berries spot the ground here and there amid the dry leaves. The witch-hazel is bare of all but flowers.

Many a man, when I tell him that I have been on to a mountain, asks if I took a glass with me. No doubt, I could have seen further with a glass, and particular objects more distinctly -- could have counted more meeting-houses; but this has nothing to do with the peculiar beauty and grandeur of the view which an elevated position affords. It was not to see a few particular objects, as if they were near at hand, as I had been accustomed to see them, that I ascended the mountain, but to see an infinite variety far and near in their relation to each other, thus reduced to a single picture.

The facts of science, in comparison with poetry, are wont to be as vulgar as looking from the mountain with a telescope. It is a counting of meeting-houses . At the public house, the mountain-house, they keep a glass to let, and think the journey to the mountain-top is lost, that you have got but half the view, if you have not taken a glass with you.
October 20, 1852
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