The Deliberate Life: Thoreau at Walden Pond - EarthLink

And now I enjoyed an entire autumn, winter, spring and summer in a few days as I read through by the shore of the pond itself, occasionally stretching my legs to see something Thoreau himself had just described, and retiring at night to the questionable comforts of a cheap motel nearby to write in my own journal.

~Author unknownMy grandfather always said that living is like licking honey off a thorn.

Henry David Thoreau lived for two years, two months, and two days by Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts. His time in Walden Woods became a model of deliberate and ethical living. His words and deeds continue to inspire millions around the world who seek solutions to critical environmental and societal challenges.


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~Author UnknownGive me that life that is seamed and riven with living.

~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), , 1882


[T]hat blessed mood,
In which the burthen of the mystery,
In which the heavy and the weary weight
Of all this unintelligible world,
Is lightened:—that serene and blessed mood,
In which the affections gently lead us on,—
Until, the breath of this corporeal frame
And even the motion of our human blood
Almost suspended, we are laid asleep
In body, and become a living soul:
While with an eye made quiet by the power
Of harmony, and the deep power of joy,
We see into the life of things.
~William Wordsworth, 1798


Though the circular round-and-round of routine be the bulk of life's affairs, make an occasional jutting diversion — of fun, love, or something that will outlast you — so that the shape and motion of your life shall resemble the lifegiving sun with bright rays shining forth from all directions.


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There is an old joke among Thoreauvians that most people know Thoreau as the man who spent half his life at Walden Pond and the other half in jail, but the reason that his brief time at Walden and his one night in jail have become such defining moments in his life can be summed up under one term: Writer. Thoreau was one of the most powerful and influential writers America has produced. His prose style was unequaled. And although only a small part of his work was published in his short lifetime, he was a prolific writer whose filled twenty volumes when collected in 1906. The publication of his of over two million words in 1906, the first time an American author had his journal published in full, showed the recognition afforded him by his publisher, Houghton Mifflin.

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As a naturalist, Thoreau understood that the path to a greater understanding of our life on earth is through an understanding of the natural world around us and of which we are part: “We can never have enough of nature. We must be refreshed by the sight of inexhaustible vigor, vast and Titanic features, the sea-coast with its wrecks, the wilderness with its living and its decaying trees, the thunder cloud, and the rain which lasts three weeks and produces freshets. We need to witness our own limits transgressed, and some life pasturing freely where we never wander." — "I suppose that what in other men is religion is in me love of nature."

02/01/2007 · Laura-Thank you for enjoying my article

~Woody Allen, "My Speech to the Graduates," , 1980


Life is like running with scissors,
naked through freezing blizzards...
~Terri Guillemets


There is a lesson we learn early and harmlessly, or late and traumatically — that there are things we can break that our parents can't fix.

Henry Thoreau; drawing by David Levine

Couples strolling past me whispered to each other, heads bent in conspiracy: "That man sitting there on the shore looks like someone who has not lived." An old woman wearing a tight perm and a man's parka stepped out of a tour bus to take a snapshot of the water and One Who Had Not Lived. I had spent the last seventeen years of my life working for an advertising agency.