...trains of thought the more connect when trains of cars do not.—Correspondence, 17 April 1857
In society you will not find health, but in nature.—"Natural History of Massachusetts"
I have been making pencils all day, and then at evening walked to see an old schoolmate who is going to help make Welland Canal navigable for ships round Niagara. He cannot see any such motives and modes of living as I; professes not to look beyond securing certain "creature comforts". And so we go silently different ways...—Journal, 17 March 1842
I fear the dissipation that traveling, going into society, even the best, the enjoyment of intellectual luxuries, imply.—Journal, 10 March 1856
As for the dispute about solitude and society, any comparison is impertinent.—Thoreau to H.G.O. Blake, 21 May 1856
The more we know about the ancients, the more we find that they were like the moderns.—Journal, 2 September 1851
I feel that my connection with and obligation to society are still very slight and transient.—"Life Without Principle"
The mind that perceives clearly any natural beauty is in that instant withdrawn from human society. My desire for society is infinitely increased — my fitness for any actual society is diminished.—Journal, 26 July 1852
Men talk to me about society as if I had none and they had some, as if it were only to be got by going to the sociable or to Boston.—Journal, 27 March 1857
The doctors are all agreed that I am suffering from want of society. Was never a case like it. First, I did not know that I was suffering at all. Secondly, as an Irishman might say, I had thought it was indigestion of the society I got.—Thoreau to H. G. O. Blake, 1 January 1859