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Henry David Thoreau was born in 1817 in Concord, Massachusetts. He spent time as a school teacher after attending Harvard College but was dismissed for his refusal to administer corporal punishment. In 1845, wanting to write his first book, he moved to Walden Pond and built his cabin on land owned by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

It was during his time at Walden that Thoreau was imprisoned briefly for not paying taxes; this experience became the basis for his well-known essay “Civil Disobedience.”

He died of tuberculosis in 1862 at the age of 44.

Walden; Or, Life in the Woods
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Nature was a form of religion for naturalist, essayist, and early environmentalist Henry David Thoreau (1817–62). In communing with the natural world, he wished to "live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and … learn what it had to teach." Towa...
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The Complete Works of Henry
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This collection gathers together the works by Henry David Thoreau in a single, convenient, high quality, and extremely low priced Kindle volume!The Complete Novels:A Week On The Concord And Merrimack RiversA Yankee In CanadaCape CodThe Maine WoodsWalden, Or, Life In The...
The Portable Thoreau
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An updated edition of Thoreau's most widely read worksSelf-described as "a mystic, a transcendentalist, and a natural philosopher to boot," Henry David Thoreau dedicated his life to preserving his freedom as a man and as an artist. Nature was the fountainhead of his ins...
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Walking
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Originally given as part of a lecture in 1851, "Walking" was later published posthumously as an essay in the Atlantic Monthly in 1862. Now being a chief text in the environmental movement, Thoreau's "Walking" places man not separate from Nature and Wildness but within i...
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Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.

— Henry David Thoreau

Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.

— Henry David Thoreau

Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes.

— Henry David Thoreau

Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.

— Henry David Thoreau

Dreams are the touchstones of our character.

— Henry David Thoreau

Dwell as near as possible to the channel in which your life flows.

— Henry David Thoreau

Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but religiously follows the new.

— Henry David Thoreau

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.

— Henry David Thoreau

I cannot make my days longer so I strive to make them better.

— Henry David Thoreau

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.

— Henry David Thoreau

It is never too late to give up your prejudices.

— Henry David Thoreau

It is only when we forget our learning that we begin to know.

— Henry David Thoreau

It’s not what you look at that matters; it’s what you see.

— Henry David Thoreau

Many men go fishing all their lives, not knowing it is not fish they are after.

— Henry David Thoreau

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

— Henry David Thoreau

The world is but a canvas to the imagination.

— Henry David Thoreau

There is no remedy for love but to love more.

— Henry David Thoreau

When we bring what is within out into the world, miracles happen.

— Henry David Thoreau

You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.

— Henry David Thoreau