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Henry David Thoreau
(1817-1862) born on
Jul 12
US essayist, poet, naturalist. He is best known for his description of life at Walden Pond, "Walden," 1854 and his essay "Civil Disobedience," 1849.
I was born upon thy bank, river,
My blood flows in thy stream,
And thou meanderest forever
At the bottom of my dream.

The youth gets together his materials to build a bridge to the moon, or, perchance, a palace or temple on the earth, and, at length, the middle-aged man concludes to build a woodshed with them.
The Artist is he who detects and applies the law from observation of the works of Genius, whether of man or Nature. The Artisan is he who merely applies the rules which others have detected.
The most attractive sentences are not perhaps the wisest, but the surest and soundest.
I am sorry to think that you do not get a man's most effective criticism until you provoke him. Severe truth is expressed with some bitterness.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "Journals," 1906, 1842 entry.
R: "Journal," 1906," entry for 14 Jul 1852.
A: "A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers," (Sunday), 1849.
N: "Journals," 1842.
K: "Journals," 1906, entry for 15 Mar 1854.

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