Monday, November 9, 2009

Life into a Corner

"I went to the woods because I wanted 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 practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartanlike 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, and, if it proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness out of it, and publish its meanness to the world; or if it were sublime, to know it by experience."

- Henry David Thoreau

See, I'm not the only person looking for a pause button once in awhile.


Katie said...

you should read whitman. mind-blowing.

Michael said...

You most definitely are not. Hmmm, I'm going to remember to look more into Thoreau sometime...when I'm don't have a couple hundred pages to read of Toni Morrison :)