more from Walden…too good to just leave it at a single post :):
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living it so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and to shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms.
(Thanks to Cousin Dick for reminding me of this great quote from Walden, which gets at the very heart of the book, and which I sadly overlooked in my last post!)