A few weeks ago, we hiked around Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts. As I said in a previous post, Concord is one of my favorite nearby towns to day-trip to. It is beautiful and full of literary magic.
The site of where Thoreau's cabin is marked in this pretty little hollow.
We went on a perfect 60 degree day and at the height of autumn's splendor. I looked up many of Thoreau's quotes as we leisurely hiked around the pond.
"As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler, solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness."
"Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves."
"This world is but a canvas to our imagination."
"As if you could kill time without injuring eternity."
"The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation."
At the site of Thoreau's cabin.
"We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success."
"It is what a man thinks of himself that really determines his fate."
"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined."
"If a man does not keep at pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.
Statue of Thoreau in front of recreation of his cabin
"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the live that he imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours."
"Truths and roses have thorns about them."
"Our life is frittered away by detail...simplify, simplify."
"Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence."
"None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm."
And on a final note, one of my favorites...
"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them."
Hope you all have enjoyed this walk around Walden Pond with me.