Friday, August 2, 2013

“I must cultivate privacy”


“I feel the necessity of deepening the stream of my life; I must cultivate privacy. It is very dissipating to be with people too much. As C. says, it takes the edge off a man’s thoughts to have been too much in society. I cannot spare my moonlight and my mountains for the best of man I am likely to get in exchange.”

—From the Journal of Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), August 2, 1854.

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