Thoreau's Journal: 29-Sep-1851

Found Hosmer carting out manure from under his barn to make room for the winter. He said he was tired of farming, he was too old. Quoted Webster as saying that he had never eaten the bread of idleness for a single day, and thought that the Lord Brougham might have said as much with truth while he was in the opposition, but he did not know that he could say as much of himself. However, he did not wish to be idle, he merely wished to rest.


Anonymous said...

Is this the same Henry David Thoreau who had his sister bring him breakfast and clean his house every morning he was at Walden's Pond? The same Henry David Thoreau who had his sister bring him lunch and dinner every day he was at Waldon's Pond? Is this the same man who was one of the richest men in America while trying to promote himself as a poor man? Is there anything about Henry David Thoreau that is admirable?

Anonymous said...

What is it to you? You didn't do anything to help him, you didn't even exist then, so why should any of that matter to you?

I am glad Henry had help. We needed him to focus on the more important things in life. I know that much of my life is wasted on the mundane that could be done by people who clearly will not rise to anything better than watching TV and drinking beer.

Guys like Henry make life worth living. They deserve to be taken care of.

Anonymous said...

someone Always has to try and ruin
any good thought or plain of inward
finding.Sad for them.Henry's readings
are refreshing and remind me why I
enjoy fishing my favorite hole,and
help put things into perspective in
this vast world God has made.