Visions of America: Antebellum Period Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
I delight to come to my bearings, -- not walk in procession with pomp and parade, in a conspicuous place, but to walk even with the Builder of the universe, if I may, -- not to live in this restless, nervous, bustling, trivial Nineteenth Century, but stand or sit thoughtfully while it goes by. (Conclusion.15)
"Restless, nervous, bustling, trivial Nineteenth Century": that's how Thoreau views America's rapid industrialization – harsh.