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Author QuotedHenry David Thoreau
Title QuotedWalden or Life in the Woods
Date (Year/Month/Day)1950/12/06
Imprint[S.l.] : [s.n.]. 1854I
QuotationAfter those beautiful pages on morning and on being awake, Thoreau writes in his Walden: "I went to the woods because I wished 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." He adds mysteriously, "nor did I wish to practice resignation unless it was quite necessary." I suppose he means he did not intend to be resigned to anythinglike a compromise with life, unless it could not be avoided.
JournalEntering the Silence: Becoming a Monk and Writer. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 2, 1941-1952.; Edited by Jonathan Montaldo. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1996, p. 445
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