Archive for February, 2008

Thoreau: Companionability with nature

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

I love this excerpt from Walden, especially the line about the pine needles!  I have experienced similar feelings, of complete trust, of harmony with the nature surrounding me.  He describes it so beautifully.

 ”. . . .I was suddenly sensible of such sweet and beneficent society in nature, in the very pattering of the drops, and in every sound and sight around my house, an infinite and unaccountable friendliness all at once like an atmosphere sustaining me, as made the fancied advantages of human neighborhood insignificant. . . . .Every little pine needle expanded and swelled with sympathy and befriended me.  I was so distinctly made aware of the presence of something kindred to me, even in scenes which we are accustomed to call wild and dreary. . . . .that I thought no place could ever be strange to me again.”

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