Thursday, November 11, 2004


Cures for Melancholy

From Henry David Thoreau's Journals:

October 31, 1857:
If you are afflicted with melancholy at this season, go to the swamp and see the brave spears of skunk-cabbage buds already advanced toward a new year.
November 13, 1857:
See the sun rise or set if possible each day. Let that be your pill.
December 27, 1857:
Do not despair of life. You have no doubt force enough to overcome your obstacles. Think of the fox prowling through wood and field in a winter night for something to satisfy his hunger. Nonwithstanding cold and hounds and traps, his race survives. I do not believe any of them ever committed suicide.
January 10, 1858:
If you are sick and despairing, go forth in winter and see the red alder calkins dangling at the extremities of the twigs, all in the wintry air, like long, hard mulberries, promising a new spring and the fulfillment of all our hopes.

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