The Necessity of Solitude

February 5, 2013 at 4:30 am (Literature, Quotes) (, , )

I found the perfect little passage for the first week of February.  Enjoy.

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Society is commonly too cheap.  We meet at very short intervals, not having had time to acquire any new value for each other.  We meet at meals three times a day, and give each other a new taste of that old musty cheese that we are.  We have had to agree on a certain set of rules, called etiquette and politeness, to make this frequent meeting tolerable and that we need not come to open war.  We meet at the post-office, and at the sociable, and about the fireside every night; we live thick and are in each other’s way, and stumble over one another, and I think that we thus lose some respect for one another.  Certainly less frequency would suffice for all important and hearty communications. 

-Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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