Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Wealth of the World

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

With the economically and environmentally precarious moment we are in today, I thought it fulfilling to revisit Henry David Thoreau’s Walden; or Life in the Woods (1954) and how he was able to “front only the essential facts of life.”. Here are his thoughts on books:

Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations. Books, the oldest and the best, stand naturally and rightfully on the shelves of every cottage. They have no cause of their own to plead, but while they enlighten and sustain the reader his common sense will not refuse them. Their authors are a natural and irresistible aristocracy in every society, and, more than kings or emperors, exert an influence on mankind.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

i still think global warming is caused by axial tilt.:)

Angeli said...

and i still think your back pain resulted directly from "the fact that we now walk upright with a body that was shaped over hundreds of millions of years to walk on all fours."

:)

agnes said...

I feel the same way Angeli. I love books. Not just reading them, but having them laying around, having them in my purse, in my car, everything.

I built a library on the third floor of my place so that the books can have their "own room". I have the most comfortable armchairs up there and I love just sitting amongst all those books :-)

Angeli said...

we plan (D promised!) to build a library, too. yey! thinking about it makes me so excited. :)

it really is a wonderful feeling surrounded with books. :)

 
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