I thought that this quote most related to the most interesting section of the introduction of Walden; Necessities. This section looks at what men really need. Thoreau starts off this section by saying that for a man to hold up, they need no more than food and shelter. This statement is difficult to counter, but is one that I question. My life would certainly be full of discontent if I had nothing other than food and shelter, and I don't believe that I would hold up. I believe that every person needs happiness in life. I haven't meet a person doesn't want happiness in their life, and I can't imagine someone holding up in life without any happiness. Thoreau seems to be making a point about people not needing anything in life that is dispenseable. Like most of his other points, I can see where Thoreau is coming from here. Walden was written centuries ago, and this argument was more true back then, than it is today. On that note, I question this point because I believe it is not at all true to current times. Think about all the things we need in life that are dispensable. Happiness is a necessity in life, and there are plenty of dispenable necessities that lead to happiness. Money cannot buy happiness. Nothing can "buy happiness", but dispenable necessities greatly effect ones life.