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Henry David Thoreau,1817-1862,Naturalist
Henry David Thoreau
1817-1862, Naturalist

Winter Forest at Sunset by Pierre-Etienne Rousseau (1850)
Winter Forest at Sunset by Pierre-Etienne Rousseau (1850)

Elephant, At Berhampur, antique print, 1851
Elephant, At Berhampur, antique print, 1851

Walden Warming: Climate Change Comes to Thoreau's Woods
Walden Warming:

Climate Change Comes to Thoreau's Woods

Poor Richard's Almanac
Poor Richard's Almanac

The Correspondence of Henry D. Thoreau: Volume 1: 1834 - 1848
The Correspondence of Henry D. Thoreau
Volume 1: 1834 - 1848

The Adventures of Henry Thoreau
The Adventures of Henry Thoreau

A Young Man's Unlikely Path to Walden Pond

The Maine Woods
The Maine Woods

Walking
Walking

Transcendentalism: Essential Essays of Emerson & Thoreau
Transcendentalism: Essential Essays of Emerson & Thoreau

Essays by Henry David Thoreau
Essays

"An Insect View of Its Plain"
"An Insect View of Its Plain"

Insects, Nature and God in Thoreau, Dickinson and Muir




         


Westward is heaven, or rather heavenward west. The way to heaven is from east to west round the earth. The sun leads and shows it. The stars, too, light it.

Nature and man; some prefer the one, others the other; but that is all de gustibus. It makes no odds at what well you drink, provided it be a well-head.

Walking in the woods, it may be, some afternoon, the shadow of the wings of a thought flits across the landscape of my mind, and I am reminded how little eventful are our lives. What have been all these wars and rumors of wars, and modern discoveries and improvements so-called? A mere irritation in the skin. But this shadow which is so soon past, and whose substance is not detected, suggests that there are events of importance whose interval is to us a true historic period.



I feel that the man who, in his conversation with me I feel that the man who, in his conversation with me about the life of man in New England, lays much stress on railroads, telegraphs, and such enterprises does not go below the surface of things. He treats the shallow and transitory as if it were profound and enduring.

In one of the mind's avatars, in the interval between sleeping and waking, aye, even in one of the interstices of a Hindoo dynasty, perchance, such things as the Nineteenth Century, with all its improvements, may come and go again. Nothing makes a deep and lasting impression but what is weighty.

Obey the law which reveals, and not the law revealed.

1851

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