It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?
忙しいというだけでは十分ではない。問題は何で忙しいかということだ。- ヘンリー・ディヴィッド・ソーロウQusmo Qusmo 2012-10-13 (visit:721) - Henry David Thoreau
I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-10 (visit:724) - Henry David Thoreau Walden: Or, Life in the Woods
Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-17 (visit:698) - Henry David Thoreau Walden, or Life in the Woods truth
It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-17 (visit:783) - Henry David Thoreau
What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-17 (visit:726) - Henry David Thoreau
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-17 (visit:680) - Henry David Thoreau Walden: Or, Life in the Woods
Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so. Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-17 (visit:698) - Henry David Thoreau moral
Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-17 (visit:739) - Henry David Thoreau regret inspirational
...be yourself- not your idea of what you think somebody else's idea of yourself should be.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-17 (visit:712) - Henry David Thoreau ataraxy be-yourself yourself
Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-17 (visit:647) - Henry David Thoreau A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers reading
The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-17 (visit:756) - Henry David Thoreau friendship
I am a happy camper so I guess I’m doing something right. Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-17 (visit:742) - Henry David Thoreau happiness inspirational
Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.Qusmo Qusmo 2012-09-17 (visit:715) - Henry David Thoreau freedom
Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862) was an American author, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, historian, and leading transcendentalist. He is best known for his book Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, and his essay Civil Disobedience, an argument for individual resistance to civil government in moral opposition to an unjust state.
Thoreau's books, articles, essays, journals, and poetry total over 20 volumes. Among his lasting contributions were his writings on natural history and philosophy, where he anticipated the methods and findings of ecology and environmental history, two sources of modern day environmentalism. His literary style interweaves close natural observation, personal experience, pointed rhetoric, symbolic meanings, and historical lore, while displaying a poetic sensibility, philosophical austerity, and "Yankee" love of practical detail. He was also deeply interested in the idea of survival in the face of hostile elements, historical change, and natural decay; at the same time he advocated abandoning waste and illusion in order to discover life's true essential needs.
He was a lifelong abolitionist, delivering lectures that attacked the Fugitive Slave Law while praising the writings of Wendell Phillips and defending abolitionist John Brown. Thoreau's philosophy of civil disobedience later influenced the political thoughts and actions of such notable figures as Leo Tolstoy, Mohandas Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Thoreau is sometimes cited as an anarchist, though Civil Disobedience seems to call for improving rather than abolishing government—"I ask for, not at once no government, but at once a better government"—the direction of this improvement points toward anarchism: "'That government is best which governs not at all;' and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have." Richard Drinnon partly blames Thoreau for the ambiguity, noting that Thoreau's "sly satire, his liking for wide margins for his writing, and his fondness for paradox provided ammunition for widely divergent interpretations of 'Civil Disobedience.'"