I owe more to this man than I can ever repay. He said things that let me look at life, myself, society, nature, freedom in a new way. Things like this: " Why would you work your whole life to have a tiny bit of freedom at the end of it----when you could adventure on life now--if you could learn to live frugally.
I count a man rich, not according to how much he can afford to own, but how much he can afford to leave alone. Simplify, simplify.
Advance confidently in the direction of your dreams and you will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
Most men lead lives of quiet desperation.
I went to the woods to live deliberately--to front only the essential facts of life. To live deeply and suck all the marrow out of life. And not when I come to die discover that I had not lived."
This and a hundred other quotes I find inspirational. Here's one the movie people found so charming that they recorded it as an outtake from the movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUA7fyTucS8 .
SO WHERE'S THE AMAZING COINCIDENCE? GLAD YOU ASKED!
About a 100 yards from where I sit writing this was a stunning surprise as I took my morning walk.
Here's a picture of what I came upon at the edge of a little stream and a stand of trees:
When Thoreau left his cabin, some reportedly jibed that if living in the woods was so great, why leave it? Thoreau's answer is as classic as you might expect from him, and I invite you to use it as I do to explain why I am moving on to a new thing. He said: I leave the pond for as good a reason as I came: I HAVE MANY MORE LIVES TO LEAD AND COULD NOT SPARE ANY MORE TIME FOR THIS ONE.