Quote for Today: Henry David Thoreau


At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be infinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. 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.

—Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods

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6 thoughts on “Quote for Today: Henry David Thoreau

  1. Ian Hamlin Reply

    This is so true, its a great quote; we do need to know our limits and feel the humility and wonder of that power. To feel the open hearted joy in being connected to it!

    • katmcdaniel Reply

      Thank you! Connecting with nature is vital to our wellbeing, but human beings are pulled by a strong current into their own smallness.

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