This brilliant quote by Henry David Thoreau grabs your attention with a seeming paradox. How can the swiftest traveler be one that goes afoot? But the paradox is just an attention-grabbing disguise for a metaphor ~ a metaphor that likens the feeling of feet contacting the earth with a life lived in contact with heart and imagination. Thoreau realized that following his bliss was the most direct way to the life he dreamed of living. Henry Hikes to Fitchburg by D.B. Johnson takes inspiration from this quote and turns it into a joyful journey for children.
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