Thoreau's Journal: 13-Dec-1841

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

We constantly anticipate repose. Yet it surely can only be the repose that is in entire and healthy activity. It must be a repose without rust. What is leisure but opportunity for more complete and entire action? Our energies pine for exercise. That time we spend in our duties is so much leisure, so that there is no man but has sufficient of it.

I make my own time, I make my own terms. I cannot see how God or Nature can ever get the start of me.

1 comment:

Sonya Belakhlef said...

Being calm, collected, and reposed is probably the best thing you could do for yourself.

Here he's stating that people spend so much time looking for pleasure and avoiding hard work that they don't feel the need to relax and just take it easy for a little while. I definitly agree with this, but how does he feel about the constantly stressed out people who don't take time to rest?