Thoreau for your Friday…

Very few men can speak of Nature with any truth.They confer no favor;they do not speak a good word for her.Most cry better than they speak.You can get more nature out of them by pinching than by addressing them.I like better the surliness with which the woodchopper speaks of his woods,handling them as indifferently as his axe, than the mealy-mouthed enthusiasm of the lover of nature…How alone must our life be lived!We dwell on the sea shore, and none between us and the sea.March 13.1841.

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