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What does this quote mean 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?

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. Living deliberately means that you follow a path, but you designed it yourself.

How does Thoreau describe his reasons for moving to the woods in the excerpt from Walden How do these reasons relate to his purpose in writing Walden?

He mentions in both that one reason for moving into the woods was to experience nature in its full spectrum and witness these changes. “Winter” celebrates stillness, while “Spring” celebrates movement and vigor. Thoreau rejects many things as inessential or unimportant.

How does Thoreau describe the pond?

Thoreau describes the pond as “earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.” To him, the water is “as sacred as the Ganges,” yet the villagers merely pump it into town to wash their dishes. Thoreau says, “Nature has no human inhabitant that appreciates her.”

Why is Morning important to Thoreau?

Thoreau wanted to tell us that there is magic to be found when we realize this. Each morning symbolizes your life, renewed and beginning again. Each morning is an entire opportunity to be born again and live an entirely new day in a new life, a new lens, almost as if an entirely new body.

How does Thoreau view each morning?

How does Thoreau view each morning? He thinks its the most memorable part of the day. He viewed it as a new chance to live as simply as nature.

What does Walden say about time?

In Walden, Henry David Thoreau writes “Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in. I drink at it; but while I drink I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is. Its thin current slides away, but eternity remains. I would drink deeper; fish in the sky, whose bottom is pebbly with stars.”

Why did he visit Walden Pond?

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.