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In wildness is the preservation of the world.
As we lay huddled together under the tent, which leaked considerably about the sides, with our baggage at our feet, we listened to some of the grandest thunder which I ever heard, --rapid peals, round and plump, bang, bang, bang in succession, like artillery from some fortress in the sky; and the lightning was proportionally brilliant. The Indian said, 'It must be good powder.' All for the benefit of the moose and us, echoing far over the concealed lakes.
Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed, and in such desperate enterprises? If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.
A man is wise with the wisdom of his time only, and ignorant with its ignorance.
Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.
I say, beware of all enterprises that require new clothes, and not rather a new wearer of clothes.
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.
As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.
Henry David Thoreau
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