Society Quotations


If I shall sell both my forenoons and afternoons to society, as most appear to do, I am sure that for me there would be nothing left worth living for. I trust that I shall never thus sell my birthright for a mess of pottage.—"Life Without Principle"
In my afternoon walk I would fain forget all my morning occupations and my obligations to society.—"Walking"
Man is not at once born into society—hardly into the world. The world that he is hides for a time the world that he inhabits.—Journal, 14 March 1838
My furniture, part of which I made myself—and the rest cost me nothing of which I have not rendered an account—consisted of a bed, a table, a desk, three chairs, a looking-glass three inches in diameter, a pair of tongs and andirons, a kettle, a skillet, and a frying-pan, a dipper, a wash-bowl, two knives and forks, three plates, one cup, one spoon, a jug for oil, a jug for molasses, and a japanned lamp.—Walden
I fear the dissipation that traveling, going into society, even the best, the enjoyment of intellectual luxuries, imply.—Journal, 10 March 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"
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
I see nothing permanent in the society around me, and am not quite committed to any of its ways.—Journal, 1850
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