Quotation by Henry David Thoreau

For my part, I would rather look toward Rutland than Jerusalem. Rutland,—modern town,—land of ruts,—trivial and worn,—not too sacred,—with no holy sepulchre, but profane green fields and dusty roads, and opportunity to live as holy a life as you can, where the sacredness, if there is any, is all in yourself and not in the place.
Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Letter, July 21, 1852, to Harrison Blake, in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 6, pp. 195-196, Houghton Mifflin (1906).
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