How could I live in a house where the view is shut off by ugly walls? I have done it many times when homeless and I had to wander from hotel to hotel, but this was mere existence and was not adequate living. It would be delightful to have an adequate home where all the necessary conditions for a sensitive person's outward surroundings were available. But alas the ideal residence of that kind does not exist--at least not for those of modest incomes like myself. I have to accept surroundings which however imperfect are at least more tolerable.
-- Notebooks Category 12: Reflections > Chapter 6: The Profane and The Profound > # 249