Thoreau says, "I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion." Indeed! He also points out that, "The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation." <br/><br/>This is a wonderful book detailing Thoreau's noble experiment on how we should "live simply so that that we may simply live." The first half seemed more "how-to" with some of his philosophy thrown in for good measure.<br/><br/>It makes me want to build my own little shack in the woods and find out how I may truly live.