''I went into the woods
Because I Wanted 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 to die
to discover that I had not lived.
I did not wish to live what was not life,
living is so precious:
nor did I wish to practice resignation ....
I wanted to live deep
and suck out all the marrow of life.''