most men and women, through mere ignorance and mistake, are so occupied with the factitious cares and superfluously coarse labors of life that its finer fruits cannot be plucked by them. the finest qualities of our nature, like the bloom on fruits, can be preserved only by the most delicate handling. yet we do not treat ourselves nor one another thus tenderly
taken from the book Walden by environmentalist and transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau. Walden; or, Life in the Woods is one of my favorite books in the world. I could probably write a book about why it's so important for everyone to read it, but I've come to terms with the fact that I have the attention span of a three year old, so that's not going to happen. Read it with patience and a dictionary at hand. It's a must read if you are a human being, and especially if you feel like changing the world a little bit.
factitious: not spontaneous or natural, artificial
superfluously: unnecessary, needless, extravagant