Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit.
This is one of my favorite quotes from necessities. It is saying people are teaching philosophy rather than being a philosopher. And he is also saying it is now more admirable to profess rather than do. He says philosophers do not just figure out solutions in life through theory but also with practicality. In this section of the economy chapter in walden, Thoreau talks about the necessary things in life. He say indirectly that why should you have precious things if they cause stress if stolen or broke. He says you only need food, water, shelter, clothing and heat. Many other "comforts" of life you could get rid of. “the wisest have ever lived a more simple and meagre life than the poor…” This is my other favorite quote in this section. He means that by living life simpler is often better, and the wisest, such as Thoreau, lived a very simple life and that's why he wrote walden. Many very wise philosophers lived with just the necessities of life and nothing else. Living simpler also causes less stress because you are not worried about valuable things breaking or being stolen. I thought this part of economy was very interesting nod brought up may great topics.