130. The Wander Society

130 The Wander Society Keri Smith

By Keri Smith.

This book makes me feel like it’s in a movie, where I got this book from the bookstore and the next day you are back at the bookstore and find out the book was never there. Like, it was just for me.

So many memories surfaced. Of hand-drawn maps, of 5h long walks, of being one-minded/bent. Of discovering Christopher McCandless, then Henry David Thoreau, then Tolstoy, of the hundred and one travel stories.

From here leads on to many more books. To fill my mind fully.

These are gold:

If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavours to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. – Thoreau

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 practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so 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 proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world; or if it wee sublime, to know it by experience, and be able to give a true account of it in my next excursion. – Thoreau




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