Life, Consciousness, and Existence Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
I long ago lost a hound, a bay horse, and a turtle-dove, and am still on their trail. (Economy.4)
Thoreau writes about these three animals in such an allegorical way that it's hard to determine whether he ever actually had them all (an odd menagerie) or whether they are merely symbols. If they do symbolize something, what do they symbolize? Some spiritual truth? Worldly goods?
I went to the wood 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. (Where I Lived.16)
This is perhaps the clearest statement of what Thoreau is trying to do at Walden Pond.
Our life is frittered away by detail […] Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! (Where I Lived.17)
Thoreau wants to get rid of all unnecessary "details," to simplify his life to the point where he can get at the truth of what living really means.