Literature represents much of the very best of humanity's writings, and it is not by any accident that, after bestsellers and sensationalized books have faded from memory, literature continues to thrive and remain intensely relevant to contemporary human conditions. Literature's stories and texts survive the fires of time. This is why for decades and centuries - long after their authors have gone silent - the writings of Dante, Shakespeare, and Austen, among so many other vital voices, will continue to captivate readers and comment upon life. Literature has innumerable qualities and purposes and can open doors to unique situations and worlds which are never wholly removed from our own.
But now I see I was not plucked for naught, And after in life's vase Of glass set while I might survive, But by a kind hand brought Alive "I am a parcel of vain strivings tied", st. The Summer Rainst.
The Summer Rain, st. The Maine WoodsKtaadn, Pt. Slavery in Massachusetts The fate of the country does not depend on how you vote at the polls — the worst man is as strong as the best at that game; it does not depend on what kind of paper you drop into the ballot-box once a year, but on what kind of man you drop from your chamber into the street every morning.
My thanksgiving is perpetual. It is surprising how contented one can be with nothing definite — only a sense of existence. Well, anything for variety. How sweet to think of! My extremities well charred, and my intellectual part too, so that there is no danger of worm or rot for a long while.
My breath is sweet to me. O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches. No run on my bank can drain it — for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment. What are you industrious about? Letter to Harrison Blake 16 November Let me suggest a theme for you: Give this good reason to yourself for having gone over the mountains, for mankind is ever going over a mountain.
Don't suppose that you can tell it precisely the first dozen times you try, but at 'em again, especially when, after a sufficient pause, you suspect that you are touching the heart or summit of the matter, reiterate your blows there, and account for the mountain to yourself.
Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short.
Letter to Harrison Blake 16 November Men and boys are learning all kinds of trades but how to make men of themselves. They learn to make houses; but they are not so well housed, they are not so contented in their houses, as the woodchucks in their holes.
What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on? Grade the ground first. If a man believes and expects great things of himself, it makes no odds where you put him, or what you show him … he will be surrounded by grandeur. He is in the condition of a healthy and hungry man, who says to himself, — How sweet this crust is!
I suppose that I have not many months to live; but, of course, I know nothing about it. I may add that I am enjoying existence as much as ever, and regret nothing. My life is like a stroll upon the beach, As near the ocean's edge as I can go.
Inspiration, Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. An American Anthology, — I hear beyond the range of sound, I see beyond the range of sight, New earths and skies and seas around, And in my day the sun doth pale his light. An American Anthology, — She with one breath attunes the spheres, And also my poor human heart.
Journals [ edit ] To listen with one ear to each summer sound, to behold with one eye each summer scene, our visual rays so to meet and mingle with the object as to be one bent and doubled You might as well think to go in pursuit of the rainbowand embrace it on the next hill, as to embrace the whole of poetry even in thought.
Our life revolves unceasingly, but the centre is ever the same, and the wise will regard only the seasons of the soul. For many years I was self-appointed inspector of snowstorms and rainstorms, and did my duty faithfully, though I never received one cent for it. Nothing is so much to be feared as fear.
Atheism may comparatively be popular with God himself. The bluebird carries the sky on his back. Nature is full of geniusfull of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand. That man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.Free, outspoken, and flourishing, let them live in the city of famous Athens.
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This node of the American Dust website (formerly Brautigan Bibliography and Archive) provides comprehensive information about Richard Brautigan's novel Trout Fishing in benjaminpohle.comhed in , this was Brautigan's second published novel.
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Henry David Thoreau (see name pronunciation; July 12, – May 6, ) was an American essayist, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, and historian.A leading transcendentalist, Thoreau is best known for his book Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, and his essay "Civil Disobedience" (originally published as.