Posted by: theodorecosmosophia | February 7, 2012

“As Wise as the Day I Was Born”: Walden & the Next Generation

The other day I came into the room to find my three year old daughter “reading” Henry David Thoreau’s Walden. While she had no idea what she was reading, of course, I cannot help but hope that her generation will begin to fulfill this as yet unfulfilled dream of a life lived more simply, more deeply embedded in the natural rhythms of the Earth, and more meaningfully.

Cosima Richards, Aged 3

“Let us first be as simple and well as Nature ourselves, dispel the clouds which hang over our brows, and take up a little life into our pores. Do not stay to be an overseer of the poor, but endeavor to become one of the worthies of the world.”

“To be awake is to be alive.”

“A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone.”

“I have always been regretting that I was not as wise as the day I was born.”

Walden, Henry David Thoreau


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