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Henry David Thoreau
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Walden, or Life in the Woods
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this time in the winter I do not look for those clear, sparkling
mornings and delicate leaf frosts, which, methinks, occur earlier in
the winter, as if the air of winter was somewhat tarnished and
debauched - had lost its virgin purity.
Every judgment and action of a man qualifies every other, i. e. corrects our estimate of every other, as, for instance, a man's idea of immortality who is a member of a church, or his praise of you coupled with his praise of those whom you do not esteem. For
in this sense a man is awfully consistent, above his own consciousness.
Snows again this morning. For the last month the weather has been remarkably changeable; hardly three days together alike.
To Walden and Flint's; return by Turnpike.
Saw two large hawks circling over the woods by Walden, hunting - the first I have seen since December15th.
That Indian trail on the hillside about Walden was revealed with remarkable distinctness to me standing on the middle of the pond, by the slight snow melt that had lodged on it forming a clear white line unobscured by weeds and twigs. (For snow is a great revealer not only of tracks made in itself, but even in the earth before it fell.) It was quite distinct in marry places where you would not have noticed it before. A light snow will often reveal a faint foot or cart track in a field which was hardly discernible before, for it reprints it, as it were, in clear white type, alto relievo.
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