"Life is enriched by aspiration and effort, rather than by acquisition and accumulation."
— Helen and Scott Nearing in Living the Good Life
The Walden Woods Project's Thoreau Institute Library holds a rich collection of documents spanning eight decades in the lives of Scott and Helen Nearing, the New England pioneers of homesteading, organic gardening, and sustainable living. The gift of these papers to the Thoreau Institute Library from The Trust for Public Land as an agent for The Good Life Center helps make the library a focal point for the study of the twentieth-century sustainable living movement and the remarkable individuals who influenced it.
Woman and Social Progress: A Discussion of the Biologic, Domestic, Industrial, and Social Possibilities of American Women (PDF | Text) by Scott Nearing and Nellie Marguerite Seeds Nearing
Left to herself, nature is always more or less civilized, and delights in a certain refinement; but where the axe has encroached upon the edge of the forest, the dead and unsightly limbs of the pine, which she had concealed with green banks of verdure, are exposed to sight.