From Thoreau’s Journal, March 27, 1842, a couple of months after his brother’s death:
The eagle must have an educated eye.
See what a life the Gods have given us — set round with pain and pleasure — it is too strange for sorrow it is too strange for joy . . . . Say not that nature is trivial–for tomorrow she will be radiant with beauty. I am as old as old as the Alleghanies — but it excites a youthful feeling – as I were but too happy to be so young.