He is best known for his book Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, and his essay Resistance to Civil Government also known as Civil Disobediencean argument for disobedience to an unjust state. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world; or if it were sublime, to know it by experience, and be able to give a true account of it in my next excursion. It was 10 feet by 15 feet and he described the interior in his book "Walden" as having a fireplace, table, desk, and bed and 3 chairs.
But now I see I was not plucked for naught, And after in life's vase Of glass set while I might survive, But by a kind hand brought Alive "I am a parcel of vain strivings tied", st. The Summer Rainst. The Summer Rain, st. The Maine WoodsKtaadn, Pt. Slavery in Massachusetts The fate of the country does not depend on how you vote at the polls — the worst man is as strong as the best at that game; it does not depend on what kind of paper you drop into the ballot-box once a year, but on what kind of man you drop from your chamber into the street every morning.
My thanksgiving is perpetual. It is surprising how contented one can be with nothing definite — only a sense of existence. Well, anything for variety.
How sweet to think of! My extremities well charred, and my intellectual part too, so that there is no danger of worm or rot for a long while. My breath is sweet to me. O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches. No run on my bank can drain it — for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment.
What are you industrious about? Letter to Harrison Blake 16 November Let me suggest a theme for you: Give this good reason to yourself for having gone over the mountains, for mankind is ever going over a mountain. Don't suppose that you can tell it precisely the first dozen times you try, but at 'em again, especially when, after a sufficient pause, you suspect that you are touching the heart or summit of the matter, reiterate your blows there, and account for the mountain to yourself.
Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short. Letter to Harrison Blake 16 November Men and boys are learning all kinds of trades but how to make men of themselves. They learn to make houses; but they are not so well housed, they are not so contented in their houses, as the woodchucks in their holes.
What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on? Grade the ground first.
If a man believes and expects great things of himself, it makes no odds where you put him, or what you show him … he will be surrounded by grandeur.
He is in the condition of a healthy and hungry man, who says to himself, — How sweet this crust is! I suppose that I have not many months to live; but, of course, I know nothing about it.
I may add that I am enjoying existence as much as ever, and regret nothing. My life is like a stroll upon the beach, As near the ocean's edge as I can go.
Inspiration, Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed.
An American Anthology, — I hear beyond the range of sound, I see beyond the range of sight, New earths and skies and seas around, And in my day the sun doth pale his light.
An American Anthology, — She with one breath attunes the spheres, And also my poor human heart. Journals [ edit ] To listen with one ear to each summer sound, to behold with one eye each summer scene, our visual rays so to meet and mingle with the object as to be one bent and doubled You might as well think to go in pursuit of the rainbowand embrace it on the next hill, as to embrace the whole of poetry even in thought.Henry David Thoreau was born David Henry Thoreau in Concord, Massachusetts, into the "modest New England family" of John Thoreau, a pencil maker, and Cynthia Dunbar.
His paternal grandfather had been born on the UK crown dependency island of Jersey. His maternal grandfather, Asa Dunbar, led Harvard's student "Butter Rebellion", the first recorded student protest in the American colonies.
Henry David Thoreau, (born July 12, , Concord, Massachusetts, U.S.—died May 6, , Concord), American essayist, poet, and practical philosopher, renowned for having lived the doctrines of Transcendentalism as recorded in his masterwork, Walden (), and for having been a vigorous advocate of civil liberties, as evidenced in the essay .
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