Man and the Natural World Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
My Muse may be excused if she is silent henceforth. How can you expect the birds to sing when their groves are cut down? (Ponds.23)
A Muse is the person or thing that inspires a poet's work. So, Thoreau bemoans the fact that many of the woods around Walden Pond have been chopped up, because there's nothing left for a poet to celebrate. We should conserve nature not only for ecological reasons, but for literary ones as well.
Grow wild according to thy nature, like these sedges and brakes, which will never become English hay. (Baker Farm.8)
Thoreau's nature is "wild," not the kind of domesticated nature you might find in a farm or a park – or a petting zoo.
The hare in its extremity cries like a child. I warn you, mothers, that my sympathies do not always make the usual phil-anthropic distinctions. (Higher Laws.3)
Like many vegetarians, Thoreau won't eat meat because he feels that animals experience pain and suffering just as humans do.