Many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book

walden pond

The at present unutterable things we may find somewhere uttered

It is not all books that are as dull as their readers. There are probably words addressed to our condition exactly, which, if we could really hear and understand, would be more salutary than the morning or the spring to our lives, and possibly put a new aspect on the face of things for us. How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book. The book exists for us perchance which will explain our miracles and reveal new ones. The at present unutterable things we may find somewhere uttered.

by Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862)
from Walden, Reading, 1854
image – Namlhots – Walden Pond

| More

One Response to “Many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book”

  1. walden 7 Says:

    […] 2009: Hey, I'm online! ). And see ya again. Post a Response. Name (required) Mail (will not be …Many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading …There are probably words addressed to our condition exactly, which, if we could really hear and […]

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.