What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?
-- Henry David Thoreau
This one has actually gotten me to think a bit. Mainly, about the word "tolerable" and what it means in the context of the quote. Does Thoreau mean a tolerant society? Did he ever imagine a world with such religious, racial, sexual, and political intolerance? In some respects our world is certainly more open to these issues, but the opposition to them is more vocal, more fierce. Perhaps a "tolerable world" is a peaceful world. I don't know. It does make you think though.