The indescribable innocence of and beneficence of Nature,--of sun and wind and rain, of summer and winter,--such health, such cheer, they afford forever!Â Henry David Thoreau
Thoreau's essay (1849) is a classic statement of the principles, later employed by and , of passive resistance against governmental authority on the basis of individual conscience.
You only need sit still long enough in some attractive spot in the woods that all its inhabitants may exhibit themselves to you by turns.Â Henry David Thoreau
I sow the sun and moon for seeds." Similarly in "Walking", Thoreau writes,"If you are ready to leave father and mother, and brother and sister, andwife and child and friends, and never see them again, --if you have paidyour debts, and made your will, and settled all your affairs, and are afree man, then you are ready for a walk." Dying in nature is automaticrebirth, a recycling.
I frequently tramped eight or ten miles through the deepest snow to keep an appointment with a beechtree, or a yellow birch, or an old acquaintance among the pines.Â Henry David Thoreau