by Patrick Liew on September 20, 2013

‘I left the woods for as good a reason as I went there. Perhaps it seemed to me that I had several more lives to live, and could not spare any more time for that one. It is remarkable how easily and insensibly we fall into a particular route, and make a beaten track for ourselves.’

– Henry David Thoreau, Walden; or Life In The Woods, 1854

These proses speak of the lives of so many people. They find a place under the sun and engage in the same type of performance.

Sadly, they do it throughout their lives without changing the place or the pace.

They became the living dead. Alive physiologically but dead to dreams and contributions.

Life is for more than living.

Perhaps, another quote from the same book can enlighten us to live a more glorious life.

‘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 is 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 shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms.’



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