How can he remember well his ignorance—which his growth requires—who has so often to use his knowledge?
Henry David Thoreau
In my afternoon walk I would fain forget all my morning occupations and my obligations to society.
The light which puts out our eyes is darkness to us.
I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least—and it is commonly more than that—sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagements.
It is time that we had uncommon schools, that we did not leave off our education when we begin to be men and women.
By a seeming fate, commonly called necessity, they are employed, as it says in an old book, laying up treasures which moth and rust will corrupt and thieves break through and steal. It is a fool's life, as they will find when they get to the end of it, if not before.