The sturdy Irish arms that do the work are of more worth than oak or maple. Methinks I could look with equanimity upon a long street of Irish cabins, and pigs and children reveling in the genial Concord dirt; and I should still find my Walden Wood and Fair Haven in their tanned and happy faces.
Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Letter, October 17, 1843, to Ralph Waldo Emerson, in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 6, p. 116, Houghton Mifflin (1906).