Happy Birthday, Henry David Thoreau!

(July 12, 1817 — May 6, 1862)

Two of my favorite Thoreau quotes:

“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.”

“The true harvest of my daily life is somewhat as intangible and indescribable as the tints of morning or evening. It is a little star-dust caught, a segment of the rainbow which I have clutched.”

Thoreau is a favorite among us pantheists. When I was a teenager, long before I would come to identify as a pantheist, I was drawn to Thoreau and Walden. I knew that book was important, and it resonated with me, even though I wasn’t quite ready at that time to pursue my own connection with nature and its importance in my life.


(Photo of Thoreau courtesy of Library of Congress)