The constant progress of Culture is to a more
interior life, to a deeper Home.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Home”

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I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.

Henry David Thoreau, Walden



The Innermost House Foundation is dedicated to recovering the wisdom and promise of the New World spirit. We seek a living unity of conversation in wild nature, fine hand craft and the perennial ideals of the mind as a way home to the wholeness and harmony of the individual soul. We are pioneers in search of a deeper home for human nature.


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I have one doctrine: the infinitude of the private man.
Ralph Waldo Emerson 


To live content with small means. To seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion. To be worthy not respectable, and wealthy not rich. To study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly, to listen to stars, birds, babes, and sages with open heart, to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never. In a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common. This is to be my symphony.

William Henry Channing

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Rightly viewed, the whole soul of man is a sort of picture gallery, a grand panorama, in which all the great facts of the universe, tracing things of time and things of eternity, are painted.

Frederick Douglass, “Pictures and Progress”

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