Wednesday, November 9

Words to walk by

Of course it is no use to direct our steps to the woods, if they not carry us thither. I am alarmed when it happens that I have walked a mile into the woods bodily, without getting there in spirit. In my afternoon walk I would fain forget all my morning occupations and my obligations to society.
But it sometimes happens that I cannot easily shake off the village. The thought of some work will run in my head and I am not where my body is - I am out of my senses.
What business have I in the woods, if I am thinking of some thing out of the woods.

Thoreau (1862)

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