Thoreau, August 15, 1845

Aug15. The sounds heard at this hour, 8.30, are the distant rumbling of wagons over bridges, — farthest heard of any human at night, —the baying of dogs, the lowing of cattle in distant yards. What if we were to obey these fine dictates, these divine suggestions, which are addressed to the mind and not to the body, which are certainly true, -not to eat meat, not to buy, or sell ,or barter, etc.,etc.,etc.?