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QUOTATION: Of all the characters I have known, perhaps Walden wears best,
and best preserves its purity. Many men have been likened to it, but few
deserve that honor. Though the woodchoppers have laid bare first this
shore and then that, and the Irish have built their sties by it, and the
railroad has infringed on its border, and the ice-men have skimmed it
once, it is itself unchanged, the same water which my youthful eyes fell
on; all the change is in me.
QUOTATION: I do not suppose that I have attained to obscurity, but I
should be proud if no more fatal fault were found with my pages ... than
was found with the Walden ice.
QUOTATION: Oh, one world at a time!
QUOTATION: Before I finally went into winter quarters in November, I
used to resort to the north- east side of Walden, which the sun, reflected
from the pitch pine woods and the stony shore, made the fireside of the
pond; it is so much pleasanter and wholesomer to be warmed by the sun
while you can be, than by an artificial fire. I thus warmed myself by
the still glowing embers which the summer, like a departed hunter, had
QUOTATION: When a man dies he kicks the dust.
QUOTATION: In the right stage of the weather a pond fires its evening
gun with great regularity.
QUOTATION: I am no more lonely than the loon in the pond that laughs
so loud, or than Walden Pond itself. What company has that lonely lake,
QUOTATION: While England endeavors to cure the potato-rot, will not any
endeavor to cure the brain-rot, which prevails so much more widely and
QUOTATION: In sane moments we regard only the facts, the case that is.