I cannot spare my moonlight
...Thoreau's Journal: 02-Aug-1854

My attic chamber has compelled me to sit below with the family at evening for a month. 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.

1 comment:

michael jameson said...

i like my private time most of all and suppose i always did! i need people but there is my time and i can think without talking or answering!, i can enjoy life without talking or answering and do exactly as i wish! and this is one of my greatest wishes fo all! we need this time to make sense of it all for ourselves! michael