Today (July 12) is Thoreau’s birthday. I ride past Walden Pond every day on my way to and from work and try to keep in mind the things he wrote, though I admit I often forget. I should re-read Walden sometime soon.
The Christian Science Monitor ran an article with 12 quotes from Thoreau. It can be found here:
This list does not contain my favorite quote from Thoreau:
“If I repent of anything, it is very likely to be my good behavior.
What demon possessed me that I behaved so well?”
But as I think about this quote, I am reminded of another from Walker Percy’s The Moviegoer:
“Christians talk about the horror of sin, but they have overlooked something. They keep talking as if everyone were a great sinner, when the truth is that nowadays, one is hardly up to it.”
It is not always easy to misbehave. I think that is something to think about.