On the bathroom wall at Shaw Nature Reserve, I saw a sign with these words:
“Above all, do not lose your desire to walk: every day I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness; I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it. . .but by sitting still, and the more one sits still, the closer one comes to feeling ill. . . Thus if one just keeps on walking, everything will be alright.”
SÃ¸ren Kierkegaard, letter to Jette (1847)
One forgets at times how insightful Kierkegaard was, until reading the above. Or the following:
The essence of pleasure does not lie in the thing enjoyed, but in the accompanying consciousness. If I had a humble spirit in my service, who, when I asked for a glass of water, brought me the world’s costliest wines blended in a chalice, I should dismiss him, in order to teach him that pleasure consists not in what I enjoy, but in having my own way.
Or my favorite:
People hardly ever make use of the freedom which they have, for example, freedom of thought; instead they demand freedom of speech as compensation.
“His earliest published essay, for example, was a polemic against women’s liberation.” (Quote from this site.)
Well, even great thinkers screw up from time to time.
Yours in freedom.