Henry David Thoreau

I Went To The Woods….

“Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed. Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders”.

“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual. It is surprising how contented one can be with nothing definite – only a sense of existence. My breath is sweet to me. Oh how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches. No run on my bank can drain it, for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment”.

“Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.”

“Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.

“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats…”.

“All good things are wild and free.”

“Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.”

“I was not designed to be forced. I will breathe after my own fashion. Let us see who is the strongest.”

“Every sunset I witness inspires me with the desire to go to  West as distant and as fair as that which the sun goes down. Eastward I go only by force; but westward I go free”.

“We cannot but pity the boy who has never fired a gun; he is no more humane, while his education has been sadly neglected”.

Henry David Thoreau


Michael Patrick McCarty

A Journal of Honest Food, Freedom, and The Natural World