"I went to the woods because I wished 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, discover that I had not lived."
The complete text of Thoreau's first book, neatly packaged in a Dover Thrift Edition. In A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, Thoreau outlines the river excursion he took with his brother John and the adventures they encountered.New York: Dover Publications, Inc., Dover Thrift Editions. 2001, 2017. 256 pp. Paperback.
This essay is also available with Emerson's essay "Nature" in Nature/Walking.