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I've just read this after getting it as a Christmas present:

didn't realise but it is the source for one of the TLD quotes (although I can't remember ever seeing it come up!):

There's a nice little game version available too:,_a_game


I've also just rocked up at the Mountaineers' Hut (my favourite base) for the first time since reading the book- I think it is very much an influence on it, subconsciously or otherwise.

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“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not when I came time to die, discover I had not lived”

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"Wherever I sat, there I might live, and the landscape radiated from me accordingly."

"...a man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone."

"Our life is frittered away by detail."

"Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in. I drink at it; but while I drink I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is. Its thin current slides away, but eternity remains. I would drink deeper; fish in the sky, whose bottom is pebbly with stars. I cannot count one. I know not the first letter of the alphabet. I have always been regretting that I was not as wise as the day I was born. The intellect is a cleaver; it discerns and rifts its way into the secret of things. I do not wish to be any more busy with my hands than is necessary. My head is hands and feet. I feel all my best faculties concentrated in it. My instinct tells me that my head is an organ for burrowing, as some creatures use their snout and fore paws, and with it I would mine and burrow my way through these hills. I think that the richest vein is somewhere hereabouts; so by the divining-rod and thin rising vapors I judge; and here I will begin to mine."


The book is a goldmine. The above are excerpts from the opening chapter only.

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