“The fault-finder will find faults even in paradise”


However mean your life is, meet it and live it; do not shun it and call it hard names. It is not so bad as you are. It looks poorest when you are richest. The fault-finder will find faults even in paradise. Love your life, poor as it is. You may perhaps have some pleasant, thrilling, glorious hours, even in a poorhouse. The setting sun is reflected from the windows of the almshouse as brightly as from the rich man’s abode; the snow melts before its door as early in the spring. I do not see but a quiet mind may live as contentedly there, and have as cheering thoughts, as in a palace.

Henry David Thoreau, Walden

6 thoughts on ““The fault-finder will find faults even in paradise”

      1. It was my campfire read for a pleasant hour yesterday – I like where he was coming from, and I suspect his ideas were somewhat controversial to his peers…
        Teens I teach today wouldn’t enjoy it! Best appreciated once you have a few miles logged.
        Enjoy your day!

  1. “The fault-finder will find faults even in paradise”
    The title to this post has a deep meaning to me. I am a caver and for me paradise is in a cave. Big well decorated cave or small muddy hole in the ground, their all my warm fuzzy place and a version of paradise. I have worked in a couple of show caves, and some of that work involved electrical repairs. As you can well imagine the wet environment of a cave leads to degradation of electrical equipment. I have found many electrical faults in caves.
    To make use of another meaning of “fault”. Many, possibly most caves form along geological faulting. So I can also find paradise in faults.

    Love the blog by the way.

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