This is one of my favorite quotes from the book so far, even though we are only about 6 pages in. This quote talks about how people feel they are bound to their work, and cannot do anything but work. Thoreau describes how it would be awful to inherit a farm. He says you would have to do so much work of something you may not even want to do. He says that you may of inherited the farm easier then how you get rid of it. This quote is also telling us that you should be able to choose what you want to do, and not be bound to work. People have no "play" in them, he describes, and people will start to lose emotion and joy. One quote he had however I was borderline with was “One may almost doubt if the wisest man has learned anything of absolute value by living. Practically, the old do not have very important advice to give the young, their own experience has been so partial, and their lives have been such miserable failures, for private reasons, as they must believe”. I believe that the elderly have much more wisdom of life than the young, although they may not be up to modern times, they have been through more than anyone. This quote may have made more sense then because of the way elderly lived. This quote also makes sense in the fact that they do not think as well as young people and they do not know the modern technology as well as the younger people. This first part of economy was very fascinating and had many great quotes .