If there is any author who has a knack for observation, it is Henry David Thoreau. Thoreau is more than just the man who wrote painfully long works. He wrote with a vocabulary and intense description of what he saw on a day to day basis. He is an ideal example of someone who can look at the world around him and deeply recognize and admire his sense of place. He can take something as simple as a walk and turn it into a profound representation of place and create a meaning that anyone else wouldn’t have normally picked out. I admire his writing and only wish I could share his books cover to cover, but I cannot. Instead I have picked out though some of my favorite quotes. Words that have inspired me and shown me a new and unique perspective of the world around me.
“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.”
-Henry David Thoreau
“What lies behind us, and what lies ahead are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.” -Henry David Thoreau
“Never look back unless you are planning to go that way”
“An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.”
“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”
This quote from Thoreau is seemingly simple but has more meaning behind it. I think he wants his readers to understand that there is profound meaning behind what we see. Often times we go about our daily routines and our eyes are open but we aren’t really taking in, and observing our surroundings. I think this quote is significant towards observation and establishing a sense of place in the day-to-day.