Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Henry David Thoreau (181762)
I must walk toward Oregon, and not toward Europe. And that way the nation is moving, and I may say that mankind progress from east to west . We go eastward to realize history and study the works of art and literature, retracing the steps of the race; we go westward as into the future, with a spirit of enterprise and adventure.
HENRY DAVID THOREAU, Walking, Excursions, p. 267 (1894).