“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 practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary.
I wanted to live and suck out all the marrow of life, to live 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, and, if it proves to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world: or if it were sublime, to know it by experience, and be able to give a true account of it in my next excursion.” – Henry David Thoreau
The king of paragraph long sentences and convicting ideas. Woe to the soul that discovers to have not really lived and rejoice when the first step is taken to become alive.