Essayist, Poet, and Philosopher: Henry David Thoreau, born 1817 July 12th

The Walden Pond a in of Thoreau visited by two dogs.

Born on July 12, 1817, Henry David Thoreau was an American essayist, poet, and practical philosopher, widely recognized for his masterworks Walden and Civil Disobedience. The first one is a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, inspired by transcendentalist philosophy, and the second one is an essay that reveals.

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Thoreau’s defense of the private, individual conscience. In 1837, Thoreau graduated from Harvard and searched for a teaching job in Concord. He realized that he wasn’t the strict type, a disciplinarian, so he resigned after only two weeks. The good thing about going back to Concord was that Thoreau not only had the chance to meet Ralph Waldo Emerson, but to become his disciple. Thoreau saw in him a mentor and a friend. It was then that he began writing nature poetry and was exposed to Transcendentalis

Dreams are the touchstones of our characters.

A man cannot be said to succeed in this life who does not satisfy one friend.

Rather than love than money, than fame, give me truth.

I am not alone if I stand by myself.

The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.

The question is not what you look at, but what you see.

Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes.

The only obligation which I have a right to assume is to do at any time what I think right.

…….. Say what you have to say, not what you ought. Any truth is better than make-believe.

If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.

Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.

The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.

Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.

Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.

Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.

Silence is the communing of conscious soul with itself.

What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?

……..I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.

None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.

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