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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.
         
   
F
What does education often do? It makes a straight-cut ditch of a free, meandering brook.

R
Whatever sentence will bear to be read twice, we may be sure was thought twice.
A
We are paid for our suspicions by finding what we suspected.
N
Is not disease the rule of existence? There is not a lily pad floating on the river but has been riddled by insects. Almost every shrub and tree has its gall, oftentimes esteemed its chief ornament and hardly to be distinguished from the fruit.
K
The way in which men cling to old institutions after the life has departed out of them, and out of themselves, reminds me of those monkeys which cling by their tails . . . beyond the hunter's reach long after they are dead.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "Journals," 1906, Oct/Nov. 1850 entry
R: "Journals," 1842.
A: "A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers," (Wednesday), 1849.
N: "Journals," 1906, entry for 1 Sep 1851.
K: "Journals," 1906, entry for 19 Aug 1851.
   


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