Why should we live with such hurry and waste of life? We are determined to be starved before we are hungry. Men say that a stitch in time saves nine, and so they take a thousand stitches to-day to save nine to-morrow. As for work, we haven’t any of any consequence.
excerpt from “Walden” by Henry David Thoreau. Excerpted from the sixth edition of The Heath Anthology of American Literature, edited by Paul Lauter. Published 2009 in Boston, MA by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company