What a joy to read this sentence; there is no limit to the detail and originality of Thoreau’s observations.

‘A turtle walking is as if a man were to try to walk by sticking his legs and arms merely out of the windows.’  27 May 1853


Source: Henry David Thoreau, The Journal 1837-1861, Damion Searls (ed.), preface by John R. Stilgoe (New York: New York Review Books, 2009), p. 202

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