111. The Portable Thoreau

By David Henry Thoreau.

111 The Portable Thoreau David Henry Thoreau

 

What can I say? This is the one I’ve been looking and waiting for all this while.

Walden, Civil Disobedience, Correspondence, Journal, Walking.

Where I lived and What I lived for: “Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity!” “I wish to live deliberately.” “live deep”

Reading

  • We must laboriously seeking the meaning of each word and line
  • To read well, that is, to read true books in a true spirit, is a noble exercise
  • the adventurous student will always study classics, in whatever language they may be written and however ancient they may be.
  • Here are golden words, which the wisest men of antiquity have uttered, and whose worth the wise of every succeeding age have assured us of
  • Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations. Books, the oldest and the best, stand naturally and rightfully on the shelves of every cottage.
  • A written word is the choicest of relics.

Visitors: I have rarely met a fellow-man on such promising ground,-it was so simple and sincere and so true all that he said.

Conclusion: “be the biggest pygmy that he can? let every one mind his own business, and endeavour to be what he was made””Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth”

In Life without Principle: let us “habitually demand (any) more of each other”

In Civil Disobedience: “A wise man will not leave the right to the mercy of chance, nor wish it to prevail through the power of majority”

Let us continue to learn more from Thoreau, and Tolstoy. They are God’s men.

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