A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on dawn, divinity, expectation, labor, learning, life, and poetry

The millions are awake enough for physical labor; but only one in a million is awake enough for effective intellectual exertion, only one in a hundred million to a poetic or divine life. To be awake is to be alive. . . . We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aids, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

Source: Walden (1854), I, Economy

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