For Thoreau’s Birthday

On Fridays Penguin books posts the final lines from one of their publications at Tumblr. This week’s selection honors Thoreau, whose birthday is tomorrow.

“The light which puts out our eyes is darkness to us. Only that day dawns to which we are awake. There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star.”
Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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One response to For Thoreau’s Birthday

  1. Of course, the final lines of Walden would have been a great choice too—

    During the two years he lived there, Thoreau kept a journal that he later published as Walden, or Life in the Woods (1854). In the conclusion to Walden, Thoreau wrote, “I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”

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