I would rather sit on a pumpkin
and have it all to myself than be
crowded on a velvet cushion ... Henry David Thoreau
I never, ever forgot that line! It was given to me in 12th-grade English as an assignment. We were supposed to agree or disagree with this ... I agreed and wrote, what I thought at the time, was a very convincing argument to support my thoughts! I always wondered from where the quote came. In fact, I thought perhaps the English teacher had made it up! Never having read Walden, I had no idea who was the author!!!
Just think: Almost 30 years (yes! 1978-79 school year!) later, I discover, by chance, who wrote it by watching a crime show on television! How weird!!!
Which then made me remember another one from that year. I think it must be from "The Lesson of the Moth"