Talk Is Cheap

HDTPosted by Lentus Ambulandus

“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 according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity and trust. It is to solve some of the problems of life, not only theoretically, but practically.”

Henry David Thoreau, urging us to walk the walk. To move beyond the mere contemplation of escape, to discard our subtle thoughts in favour of action, and to live according to the principles of Escapology.

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Lentus Ambulandus is New Escapologist's Chief Leisure Officer. He advocates doing the things worth doing (hiking, cycling, sipping coffee, reading books), and proudly accomplishes less in a month than most people do in a week. His creed is simple: Death Before Employment.

3 Responses to “Talk Is Cheap”

  1. Spoonman says:

    That’s a beautiful quote. I think action is the key differentiator between escapologists and the average work bee.

    Thoreau is one of those guys I need to start reading one of these days. I wonder what his views are on Bad Faith.

  2. Give HDT a whirl. Not just Walden, but his other essays as well. I love that he was so hard-core and uncompromising, and that he saw through people’s B.S. To be honest, I sometimes feel unworthy or guilty when I read HDT, like I don’t measure up. I think “Man, Hank went out and built a cabin. And here I am in an apartment. What would he think of me? He’d probably think I’m a punk.”

  3. Zainab Usman says:

    Great quote. HDT was ahead of his time.

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