Society for the melancholy man (Walden 90)

Yet I experienced sometimes

that the most sweet and tender,

the most innocent and encouraging

society may be found in any natural object,

even for the poor misanthrope and

most melancholy man.

There can be no very black melancholy to him

who lives in the midst of Nature

and has his senses still.

—Henry David Thoreau, “Solitude,” Walden

(About  “A Year in Walden”)

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