My Desire for Knowledge is Intermittent #HenryDavidThoreau #Inspiration


“My desire for knowledge is intermittent; but my desire to bathe my head in atmospheres unknown to my feet is perennial and constant.” – Henry David Thoreau, Walking

I have found a kindred spirit in the late, great Henry David Thoreau.

No wonder he is such a beloved poet, writer and environmentalist.

I love this quote above. The thirst for knowledge comes and goes and my mind has need of it, however, there is something in my soul with a greater need to explore, discover, search, go to places previously unknown to me.

The outdoors, nature, the woods, and similar places whet the appetite for such escapes. It fills up a sense of desire that isn’t met through textbooks or google, but it is the value of learning something new on your own. Even if others have been there before, discovering what you only now are just discovering, there is something about doing it on your own.

Alone on a trail in the woods, or on a mountain, I can explore every new trail to my heart’s content.

– Jason


  1. That’s beautiful Jason.
    I often think of you and how the changes in your life might mold you into something new without losing who you are. Of course I only know you, and about you, from what you have shared but I do believe there’s are unexpected changes that are still to come.
    I can see it in your writing. Your heart beats within your words.

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  2. I love Thoreau, have read him many times, but still, get a great buzz from reading an extract from his work. I love to walk every day, and as I live on the borders of the Table Mountain National Park, there are lots of spectacular walks around here, and the beaches are nearby for walks and swims as well. I have a huge tree in my back yard (I am sure it predates the house by years) which brings lots of bird and other wildlife into the garden, so I often sit at the window and watch nature as it happens. I have seen various hawks and eagles come and catch prey. Baboons and a Caracal have all been through the back yard. How lucky is that!? Best wishes and blessings, Charles.

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