“There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself.”
– Henry David Thoreau
Interestingly, Thoreau is utilizing Nietzsche’s theory of nihilism to illustrate that what we get out of life and our very happiness depend on ourselves. This strikes me as interesting because nihilism is what Nietzsche was warning against. The word has a very negative connotation but Thoreau has taken its precept and used it as a foundation for something positive: the call for responsibility of oneself.