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Walden Pond Quotes


"The car has become a secular sanctuary for the individual, his shrine to the self, his mobile Walden Pond." - Edward McDonagh

"I am no more lonely than the loon in the pond that laughs so loud, or than Walden Pond itself. What company has that lonely lake,I pray?" - Henry David Thoreau

"There is a vortex of energy at the bottom of Walden Pond. That's where the inter-dimensional opening is. As people swim in Old Walden Pond, it soothes them, it renews them. It's a little bit like the pool in Cocoon - I suppose, any power spot is." - Frederick Lenz

"[He] was always here to offer cups of good clear Walden Pond, or shout down the deep well of Shakespeare and listen, with satisfaction, for echoes. Here the lion and the hartebeest lay together, here the jackass became a unicorn." - Ray Bradbury

"Love, we are a small pond." - Maxine Kumin

"Swim out of your little pond." - Rumi

"Old pond, frog jumps in - plop." - Matsuo Basho

"Empty the pond to get the fish." - Robert Bresson

"Old pond, leap-splash - a frog." - Matsuo Basho

"Amy Pond is, er...I've sort of fallen in love with Amy Pond." - Matt Smith

"White Pond and Walden are great crystals on the surface of the earth, Lakes of Light.... They are too pure to have a market value;they contain no muck. How much more beautiful than our lives, how much more transparent than our characters are they! We never learned meanness of them." - Henry David Thoreau

"For hours, in fall days, I watched the ducks cunningly tack and veer and hold the middle of the pond, far from the sportsman;... but what beside safety they got by sailing in the middle of Walden I do not know, unless they love its water for the same reason that I do." - Henry David Thoreau

"I have very fond memories of swimming in Walden Pond when we lived in Boston. You'd swim past a log and see all these turtles sunning themselves. Slightly disturbing if you thought about how many more were swimming around your toes, but also rather wonderful." - Mark Haddon

"If you purify the pond, the lilies die" - William Stafford

"The fox often offers the duck its pond." - Robert Jordan

"I prefer being a small fish in a big pond." - Stacy Keibler

"Be an electric eel in a goldfish pond!" - Sark

"It happens from time to time in every complex and active society, that certain persons feel the complexity and insistence as a tangle, and seek freedom in retirement, as Thoreau sought at Walden Pond. They do not, however, in this manner escape from the social institutions of their time, nor do they really mean to do so; what they gain, if they are successful, is a saner relation to them." - Charles Horton Cooley

"You throw a stone into a deep pond. Splash. The sound is big, and it reverberates throughout the surrounding area. What comes out of the pond after that? All we can do is stare at the pond, holding our breath." - Haruki Murakami

"In England, David and I are big fish in a small pond. But in L.A., we are tiny, tiny, tiny fish in a big pond." - Victoria Beckham

"I'd rather be a big fish in a specialized pond than a little, little fish in a more generalized big pond." - Leonard Lauder

"In the spring rain, The pond and the river Have become one." - Yosa Buson

"Frog in a little pond can be much happier than fish in a vast ocean!" - Mehmet Murat Ildan

"I ca' think of anyone else I"d travel around the universe with than Amy Pond." - Matt Smith

"This word, rebellion, it had froze them up, as fish are in a pond." - William Shakespeare

"Are you nervous about no longer being a big fish in a small pond?" - Lisi Harrison

"I can't think of anyone else I'd travel around the universe with than Amy Pond." - Matt Smith

"I am no more lonely than the loon on the pond that laughs so loud." - Ursula K Le Guin

"The old pond, ah! A frog jumps in: The water's sound." - Matsuo Basho

"December's wintery breath is already clouding the pond, frosting the pane, obscuring summer's memory." - John J. Geddes

"I can't think of anyone else I'd travel around the universe with than Amy Pond." - Matt Smith

"British films are all "room with a view and a staircase and a pond."" - Ben Dreyfuss

"I want to be the pebble in the pond that creates the ripple for change." - Tim Cook

"Her eyes hold the pale moon in them, the way a still pond holds stars." - Katherine Applegate

"It's a poor frog that doesn't praise his own pond! - Donnie McClurkin" - Donnie McClurkin

"All of a sudden I had the revelation of how enchanting my pond was." - Claude Monet

"For four-fifths of our history, our planet was populated by pond scum." - J. W. Schopf

"An old pond- A frog tumbles in- The sound of water." - Matsuo Basho

"What happened with the pond? Surely the water is the point of the story." - Robert Jordan

"The frog does not drink up the pond in which he lives." - Proverbs

"Harvest moon: around the pond I wander and the night is gone." - Matsuo Basho

"Music is an ocean, but the repertory is hardly even a lake; it is a pond." - Aldous Huxley

"At the ancient pond the frog plunges into the sound of water" - Matsuo Basho

"Breaking the silence Of an ancient pond, A frog jumped into water - A deep resonance." - Matsuo Basho

"I was a lone duck in a swan-filled pond who criticized everyone." - Chris Colfer

"Fish say, they have their Stream and Pond; But is there anything Beyond?" - Rupert Brooke

"Marriage may often be a stormy lake, but celibacy is almost always a muddy horse pond." - Thomas Love Peacock

"I think my novel, 'Walden Two,' has made people stop and look at the culture they have inherited and wonder if it is the last word or whether it can be changed." - B F Skinner

"You cutting the lawn, fixing the machines, all this leprous day and then more vodka, more soda and the pond forgiving our bodies, the pond sucking out the throb." - Anne Sexton

"Bull markets go to people's heads. If you're a duck on a pond, and it's rising due to a downpour, you start going up in the world. But you think it's you, not the pond." - Charlie Munger

"I think the art world... is a very small pond, and it's a very inbred pond. They rely on information from an elect elite sect of galleries, primarily in New York." - Thomas Kinkade

"I have found it a singular luxury to talk across the pond to a companion on the opposite side." - Henry David Thoreau

"I wonder if there are any catfish in this pond? It seems like a perfect place for them." - Richard Brautigan

"Like a stone thrown into a pond, a good deed can create ripples that extend far beyond the initial splash." - Jeanne Phillips

"A thousand people drowned in floods in China are news: a solitary child drowned in a pond is tragedy." - Josephine Tey

"Every sentence he manages to utter scatters its component parts like pond water from a verb chasing its own tail." - Clive James

"But once you throw a stone, there are ripples in the pond, even if you remove the rock." - Jodi Picoult

"I have never cared much for fish - it floats in the belly as much as in the pond." - Erica Eisdorfer

"Literally, adv. Figuratively, as: 'The pond was literally full of fish'; 'The ground was literally alive with snakes,' etc." - Ambrose Bierce

"It is better to be a big fish in a small pond than a small fish in a mighty ocean." - Proverbs

"Who likes the little little duckies in the pond? I do, I do, I do, a-chicka quack quack." - Ze Frank

"Your actions is like a raindrop; it falls into the pond making ripples and then its over..." - Sarah Dessen

"A fool can throw a stone in a pond that 100 wise men can not get out." - Saul Bellow

"The friendship we share grows amidst the craggy rock pond; reeds of water spray fireflies scented with bonfires." - Bradley Chicho

"A society should never become like a pond with stagnant water, without movement. That's the most important thing." - Mikhail Gorbachev

"Pond scum stinks. And so do the Obama administration's enormous, taxpayer-funded 'investments' in politically connected biofuel companies." - Michelle Malkin

"As a rough rule of thumb, I would say the smaller the pond, the more belligerent the fish." - Craig Brown

"The moon does not think to be reflected, nor does the water think to reflect, in the Hirosawa Pond." - Yamaoka Tesshu

"Since 1950 I have been keeping a film diary. I have been walking around with my Bolex and reacting to the immediate reality: situations, friends, New York, seasons of the year. On some days I shoot ten frames, on others ten seconds, still on others ten minutes. Or I shoot nothing. Walden contains material from the years 1964-1968 strung together in chronological order." - Jonas Mekas

"Many have believed that Walden reached quite through to the other side of the globe." - Henry David Thoreau

"The other thing that happened in 1883 was my reading of Thoreau's Walden." - Edward Carpenter

"Tonight I walked around the pond scaring frogs; a couple of them jumped off, going, in effect, eek, and most grunted, and the pond was still. But one big frog, bright green like a poster-paint frog, didn't jump, so I waved my arm and stamped to scare it, and it jumped suddenly, and I jumped, and then everything in the pond jumped, and I laughed and laughed." - Annie Dillard

"It's hard for the modern generation to understand Thoreau, who lived beside a pond but didn't own water skis or a snorkel." - Loudon Wainwright Iii

"The rose petal floats on water. The kingfisher flashes above the pond. Life and beauty swirl in the midst of death." - Robert Jordan

"After all, when a stone is dropped into a pond, the water continues quivering even after the stone has sunk to the bottom." - Arthur Golden

"Rin slept inside the oak's thought. Its own memories of weather and growth continued to hum, and like a pond, its stillness reflected back herself." - Shannon Hale

"If thou would'st have that stream of hard-earn'd knowledge, of Wisdom heaven-born, remain sweet running waters, thou should'st not leave it to become a stagnant pond." - H. P. Blavatsky

"A pure drop of rain may fall on a beautiful water lily or on a dirty mud pond! This is exactly what happens when we are born!" - Mehmet Murat Ildan

"Every morning I walk like this around the pond, thinking: if the doors of my heart ever close, I am as good as dead." - Mary Oliver

"So come to the pond, or the river of your imagination, or the harbor of your longing, and put your lips to the world. And live your life." - Mary Oliver

"Rin slept inside the oak's thought. Its own memories of weather and growth continued to hum, and like a pond, its stillness reflected back herself." - Shannon Hale

"Even those who venture to dip a toe in the pond of risk never allow themselves to get used to the water." - David Viscott

"You have been a prisoner of a little pond I am the ocean and its turbulent flood Come merge with me leave this world of ignorance" - Rumi

"Looking at the pond, all I could think was that it is an incredivle thing, how a whole world can rise from what seems like nothing at all." - Sarah Dessen

"Some people like being a big fish in a small pond, others a ferocious shark in the ocean, I rather be the ocean. In the end, fish die." - Behdad Sami

"Today I saw a guy who looked like me in a funhouse mirror. He looked at me like, Hey, that's how I look reflected in the pond!" - Dana Gould

"Like a duck on the pond. On the surface everything looks calm, but beneath the water those little feet are churning a mile a minute." - Gene Hackman

"Even nowadays some people see me as a "vreemde eend in de bijt" [translated literally as the strange duck in the pond. In other words, an outsider]." - Eddy de Clercq

"You never knew about people, like you never knew how deep a pond was because all you saw was the top." - Terry Pratchett

"There's nothing wrong with being happy somewhere, even if it's the little pond you grew up in, as long as you are in fact comfortable vs. bored." - Carolyn Hax

"I wrote a song at age five about algae on the pond by our house, then the next 'real' song was in fifth grade about an unrequited crush." - Greta Salpeter

"Lovers walk in the noontime by that fountain. Pigeons dip their beaks to drink from the water. And soon the pond must freeze." - Conrad Aiken

"I am not eccentric. It's just that I am more alive than most people. I am an unpopular electric eel set in a pond of catfish." - Edith Sitwell

"It is remarkable how long men will believe in the bottomlessness of a pond without taking the trouble to sound it." - Henry David Thoreau

"She should think about her own soul, what she was going to do with this funky tattered pond dank item. Dark and stained, a ruined thing." - Janet Fitch

"Doing stand-up is like running across a frozen pond with the ice breaking behind you. I love it because it's dangerous." - Steven Wright

"I like being a big fish in a small pond. I'm not interested in a huge audience because it brings headaches." - Nick Lowe

"I will allow only my Lord to possess my sacred lotus pond, and every night you can make blossom in me flowers of fire." - Huang E

"Years ago I had a house in Sussex, it was like Arcadia, with an old Victorian bridge, a pond and the Downs." - Nicolas Roeg

"Many drops make a bucket, many buckets make a pond, many ponds make a lake, and many lakes make an ocean." - Percy Ross

"American society is a sort of flat, fresh-water pond which absorbs silently, without reaction, anything which is thrown into it." - Henry Adams

"Certain people have said that the world is like a calm pond, and that anytime a person does even the smallest thing, it is as if a stone has dropped into the pond, spreading circles of ripples further and further out, until the entire world has been changed by one tiny action." - Daniel Handler

"Amy Pond: 'I thought... well, I started to think you were just a madman with a box.' The Doctor: 'Amy Pond, there's something you better understand about me, 'cause it's important and one day your life may depend on it. [He Smiles] I am definitely a madman with a box." - Steven Moffat

"I hear voices. A shout. A laugh. Clay's laugh. I strained to see through the night. Fog had rolled in from Lake Ontario, but I could hear him laughing. The concrete turned to grass. The fog wasn't from the lake, but from a pond. Our pond. I was at Stonehaven, bounding through the back acres. Clay was running ahead of me." - Kelley Armstrong

"If you throw a stone in a pond... the waves which strike against the shores are thrown back towards the spot where the stone struck; and on meeting other waves they never intercept each other's course... In a small pond one and the same stroke gives birth to many motions of advance and recoil." - Leonardo Da Vinci

"[On Jane Austen:] To believe her limited in range because she was harmonious in method is as sensible as to imagine that when the Atlantic Ocean is as smooth as a mill-pond it shrinks to the size of a mill-pond." - Rebecca West

"Each portion of matter may be conceived of as a garden full of plants, and as a pond full of fishes. But each branch of the plant, each member of the animal, each drop of its humors, is also such a garden or such a pond." - Gottfried Leibniz

"In America, they say, you can take a horse to the pond, but you can't make him drink. My way is different. I only take the horse to the pond to make him drink. If he doesn't, I'll cut his head off." - Bikram Choudhury

"Beyond the terrace, a light breeze stirred the reeds at the edge of the pond. Looking out at this intimate vista, one could see the reeds and a stone lantern and the brightest of the evening's stars floating on the gloaming mirror of the pond. Then the breeze came again to crack the water's surface, and the picture was flooded." - John Burnham Schwartz

"That devilish Iron Horse, whose ear-rending neigh is heard throughout the town, has muddied the Boiling Spring with his foot, and he it is that has browsed off all the woods on Walden shore, that Trojan horse, with a thousand men in his belly, introduced by mercenary Greeks! Where is the country's champion, the Moore of Moore Hall, to meet him at the Deep Cut and thrust an avenging lance between the ribs of the bloated pest?" - Henry David Thoreau

"Walden is the only book I own, although there are some others unclaimed on my shelves. Every man, I think, reads one book in his life, and this one is mine. It is not the best book I ever encountered, perhaps, but it is for me the handiest, and I keep it about me in much the same way one carries a handkerchief - for relief in moments of defluxion or despair." - E B White

"Walden - all his books, indeed - are packed with subtle, conflicting, and very fruitful discoveries. They are not written to prove something in the end. They are written as the Indians turn down twigs to mark their path through the forest. He cuts his way through life as if no one had ever taken that road before, leaving these signs for those who come after, should they care to see which way he went." - Virginia Woolf

"I had become so quiet and so small in the grass by the pond that I was barely noticeable, hardly there. I sat there watching their living room shining out of the dark beside the pond. It looked like a fairy-tale functioning happily in the post-World War II gothic of America before television crippled the imagination and turned people indoors and away from living out their own fantasies with dignity. Anyway, I just kept getting smaller and smaller beside the pond, more and more unnoticed in the darkening summer grass until I disappeared into the 32 years that have passed since then." - Richard Brautigan

"I think the strangest thing probably is when I went to Japan, and I don't know what the hell I was eating, but there was this one thing that seemed to be in a lot of soups and things there - I always called it pond scum. It looked exactly like the green stuff that floats on top of a pond. I would say, "Oh my God, this has pond scum in it!" I would eat it, to be polite, because we were usually with Japanese people and I didn't want to gag or spit it out or anything. And I still don't know what it was." - Cassandra Peterson

"Your Catfish Friend If I were to live my life in catfish forms in scaffolds of skin and whiskers at the bottom of a pond and you were to come by one evening when the moon was shining down into my dark home and stand there at the edge of my affection and think, "It's beautiful here by this pond. I wish somebody loved me," I'd love you and be your catfish friend and drive such lonely thoughts from your mind and suddenly you would be at peace, and ask yourself, "I wonder if there are any catfish in this pond? It seems like a perfect place for them." - Richard Brautigan

"I like to sit on the front porch of an old cabin I built in the woods and just listen to the birds; I like to fish in the pond and I always throw the fish back." - Johnny Cash

"We give people fish. We teach them to fish. We tear down the walls that have been built up around the fish pond. And we figure out who polluted it." - Shane Claiborne

"That's where the dreams end: with the realization that it doesn't matter where I am, whether I think I'm a woman or a fish or something in-between. I've never really left the pond. I still can't breathe." - Mira Grant

"I kind of killed it in college. You know that saying "big fish in a small pond"? At Dartmouth college, I was freakin' Jaws in a community swimming pool" - Mindy Kaling

"The ultimate source of energy, the sun is ready to set. The leaves of the blooming lotus flower in the pond are losing their lustre. A bumblebee, sitting on that lotus is enjoying the romantic pleasure and murmuring passionate songs." - Manmohan Acharya

"You cannot eat every tadpole and frog in the pond, but you can eat the biggest and ugliest one, and that will be enough, at least for the time being." - Brian Tracy

"With watercolour, you can pick up the atmosphere, the temperature, the sound of snow shifting through the trees or over the ice of a small pond or against a windowpane. Watercolour perfectly expresses the free side of my nature." - Andrew Wyeth

"Knowledge can be like the skin on the surface of the water in a pond, or it can go all the way down to the mud. It can be the tiny tip of the iceberg or the whole hundred percent." - Siobhan Dowd

"When I was really young I used to collect frog spawn. I made a pond out of an old sink and I loved to spend hours watching the frogs grow." - Beth Orton

"To defend his purity, Saint Francis of Assisi rolled in the snow, Saint Benedict threw himself into a thorn bush, and Saint Bernard plunged into an icy pond... You - what have you done?" - Josemaria Escriva

"In a pond koi can reach lengths of eighteen inches. Amazingly, when placed in a lake, koi can grow to three feet long. The metaphor is obvious. You are limited by how you see the world." - Vince Poscente

"What I want to bring out is how a pebble cast into a pond causes ripples that spread in all directions. Each one of our thoughts, words, and deeds is like that." - Dorothy Day

"Their oldest child, James, had spoken laughingly about Will's unrelenting fear of ducks and his continual battle to keep them out of the pond at the family home in Yorkshire." - Cassandra Clare

"That's where the dreams end: with the realization that it does' matter where I am, whether I think I'm a woman or a fish or something in-between. I"ve never really left the pond. I still ca' breathe." - Mira Grant

"And why do so many people wilfully exhaust their strength in promiscuous living, when their wives are on hand from bridal night till old age - to be taken when required, like fish from a private pond." - Ihara Saikaku

"To grow old is to lose everything. Aging, everybody knows it. Even when we are young, we glimpse it sometimes, and nod our heads when a grandfather dies. Then we row for years on the midsummer pond, ignorant and content." - Donald Hall

"Amy Pond, there's something you'd better understand about me 'cause it's important, and one day your life may depend on it: I am definitely a mad man with a box!" - Matt Smith

"Newfoundland dogs are good to save children from drowning, but you must have a pond of water handy and a child, or else there will be no profit in boarding a Newfoundland." - Josh Billings

"Yes, there was music after all. The sound of the swamp rose up to him. The sound of frogs and crickets, of birds and 'gators, of life in every puddle and pond and knothole and leaf. I Travel By Night" - Robert R. McCammon

"To science, not even the bark of a tree or a drop of pond water is dull or a handful of dirt banal. They all arouse awe and wonder." - Jane Jacobs

"A psychiatrist does not want you to wake up. He tells you to dream some more, to find the pond and pour more tears into it. And really, he's just another bird drinking from your misery." - Amy Tan

"It is not wise for a man who can get seasick in a rowboat on a mill-pond to attack a Japanese dinner just after a seventeen days voyage across the Pacific." - John Fox, Jr.

"In Switzerland, on a high mountain, not far from Lucerne, there is a lake they call Pilate's Pond, which the Devil has fixed upon as one of the chief residences of his evil spirits...." - Martin Luther

"Did you ever look through a microscope at a drop of pond water? You see plenty of love there. All the amoebae getting married. I presume they think it very exciting and important. We don't." - Rose Macaulay

"The first place that I can well remember was a large pleasant meadow with a pond clear water in it. Some shady trees leaned over it, and rushes and water-lilies grew at the deep end." - Anna Sewell

"Maybe Fate isn't the pond you swim in but the fisherman floating on top of it, letting you run the line wild until you are weary enough to be reeled back in." - Jodi Picoult

"River Song? Amy Pond? Hardly weak women. It's the exact opposite. You could accuse me of having a fetish for powerful, sexy women who like cheating people. That would be fair." - Steven Moffat

"I intended to portray the joy, anger, sorrow and pleasure of our lives through four seasons and through the life of a monk who lives in a temple on Jusan Pond surrounded only by nature." - Kim Ki-duk

"Could two live that way? Could two live under the wild rose, and explore by the pond, so that the smooth mind of each is as everywhere present to the other, and as received and as unchallenged, as falling snow?" - Annie Dillard

"The senator's actions in the hours and days after emerging from that pond tell us something ugly about Kennedy the man. That he got away with it tell us something ugly about American public life." - Mark Steyn

"The result of a single action may spread like the circles that expand when a stone is thrown into a pond, until they touch places and people unguessed at by the person who threw the stone...." - Robertson Davies

"I started reading contemporary fiction in college or right after college. It wasn't as if I was steeped in experimental minimalism when I was twelve or something. I was reading The Witch of Blackbird Pond." - Leni Zumas

"It may be that if I lead the life I've planned for myself it may affect others; the effect may be no greater than the ripple caused by a stone thrown in a pond, but one ripple causes another." - W Somerset Maugham

"And what is pleasant to me is no worse. And the paternal horn by mead-nourished payment. Pleasant, the directing of fish in the pond; Also pleasant, calling about to play." - Taliesin

"Four ducks on a pond, A grass-bank beyond, A blue sky of spring, White clouds on the wing: What a little thing To remember for years- To remember with tears!" - William Allingham



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