or, Life in the Woods
Henry David Thoreau
Chapter One - Economy
With respect to luxuries and comforts, the wisest have ever lived a more simple and meager life than the poor.
To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live acccording to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity and trust. It is to solve some of the problems of live, no only theoretically, but practically.
While civilization has been improving our houses, it has not equally improved the men who are to inhabit them. It has created palaces, bt it was not so easy to create noblemen and kings.