Henry David Thoreau (see name pronunciation; July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862) was an American naturalist, essayist, poet, and philosopher. A leading transcendentalist, he is best known for his book Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, and his essay “Civil Disobedience” (originally published as “Resistance to Civil Government”), an argument for disobedience to an unjust state.
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Henry David Thoreau (see declare pronunciation; July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862) was an American naturalist, essayist, poet, and philosopher. A leading transcendentalist, he is best known for his book Walden, a reflection on simple energetic in natural surroundings, and his essay “Civil Disobedience” (originally published as “Resistance to Civil Government”), an bother for disobedience to an unjust state.
Thoreau’s books, articles, essays, journals, and poetry amount to over 20 volumes. Among his lasting contributions are his writings upon natural chronicles and philosophy, in which he anticipated the methods and findings of ecology and environmental history, two sources of modern-day environmentalism. His hypothetical style interweaves near observation of nature, personal experience, pointed rhetoric, symbolic meanings, and historical lore, while displaying a poetic sensibility, philosophical austerity, and attention to practical detail. He was also intensely interested in the idea of relic in the point of view of rancorous elements, historical change, and natural decay; at the similar time he advocated abandoning waste and illusion in order to discover life’s true vital needs.
Thoreau was a lifelong abolitionist, delivering lectures that attacked the Fugitive Slave Law while praising the writings of Wendell Phillips and defending the abolitionist John Brown. Thoreau’s philosophy of civil disobedience innovative influenced the political thoughts and actions of such notable figures as Leo Tolstoy, Mahatma Gandhi, and Martin Luther King Jr.
Thoreau is sometimes referred to as an anarchist. In “Civil Disobedience”, Thoreau wrote: “I heartily take the motto,—’That management is best which governs least;’ and I should subsequently to look it acted going on to more suddenly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which as a consequence I believe,—’That dispensation is best which governs not at all;’ and with men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of management which they will have. […] I ask for, not at gone no government, but at once a bigger government.”
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As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.
If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.
So thoroughly and sincerely are we compelled to live, reverencing our life, and denying the possibility of change. This is the only way, we say, but there are as many ways as there can be drawn radii from one centre. All change is a miracle to contemplate, but it is a miracle which is taking place every instant.