Celebrate Henry David Thoreau’s Birthday With These Quotable Notecards


Henry David Thoreau, the Walden writer who helped spark America’s environmentalism movement, would have been 199 years old today. To honor our country's most famous hermit, we suggest you start composing all your handwritten missives on these notecards bearing some of his most famous quotations.

The cards include four of Thoreau’s quips, like the (surely) Marie Kondo-approved “Our life is frittered away by detail ... simplify, simplify” and “In wildness is the preservation of the world.” For some reason, the publishers didn’t choose to print his “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation” on a greeting card, so "There is no remedy for love but to love more" will have to do instead. Pin them up on your wall or send off to your friends as you dream of heading into the woods to live deliberately.

The 12-card set, complete with seasonally-themed forest envelopes, is available from Princeton Architectural Press (or on Amazon).

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