Happy? He was.


I’m sure I’ve mentioned Henry David Thoreau on this blog before, probably to credit his thoughts on fishing which appeared in Goz & Hamacher’s 2012 fly fishing film, Gaula River of Silver & Gold:
To wit:

“A man may fish for all his life without realising it’s not the fish he’s after”

Well here’s another from HDT

which confirms what Ive read that the man spent plenty of time in the wild outdoors and some of it with a fishing rod in his hands. If it’s possible to put an endorphin rush into words it would run something like this:

“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual. It is surprising how contented one can be with nothing definite – only a sense of existence. Well, anything for variety. I am ready to try this for the next ten thousand years, and exhaust it. How sweet to think of! My extremities well charred, and my intellectual part too, so that there is no danger of worm or rot for a long while. My breath is sweet to me. O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches. No run on my bank can drain it, for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment.”



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