17 January 1854

by layman k

Jan . 17 . Surveying for William O . Benjamin east part of Lincoln. Saw a red squirrel on the wall, it being thawing weather. Human beings with whom I have no sympathy are far stranger to me than inanimate matter, — rocks or earth. Looking on the last, I feel comparatively as if I were with my kindred.

– from the journals of Henry David Thoreau