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Thoreau. 1817-1862 Concord, MA Politician, writer, thinker, speaker, abolitionist, rebel. THOREAU QUOTES. "Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes." - Walden

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Concord, MA

Politician, writer, thinker, speaker, abolitionist, rebel


  • "Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes." - Walden

  • "If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away." - Walden

  • "I should not talk so much about myself if there were anybody else whom I knew as well. Unfortunately, I am confined to this theme by the narrowness of my experience." - Walden

  • "It is never too late to give up your prejudices." - Walden

  • "However mean your life is, meet it and live it; do not shun it and call it hard names." - Walden

  • "Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind." - Walden

  • "Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth." - Walden

  • "Simplify, simplify." - also: "Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity!" - Walden

  • "The fact which the politician faces is merely that there is less honor among thieves than was supposed, and not the fact that they are thieves."' - "Slavery in Massachusetts"

  • "The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation." - Walden

  • "There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root." - Walden

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life….”

  • Lived there for two years

  • Experiment in self reliance, but not a flight from society.

  • Lived about 1.5 miles from home, in a wooded area, not entirely away from civilization.

“By working about six weeks in a year, I could meet all the expenses of living.”

  • Growing his own food and building his own shelter gave him freedom to work productively as a writer and thinker.

  • Walden shares his experience.

“I say, break the law. Let your life be a counter friction to stop the machine.”

  • While living at Walden Pond, Thoreau was arrested and jailed for not paying his poll tax.

  • His essay on the experience, “Civil Disobedience,” explores the question of what a person should do when he or she feels that his government is acting immorally.

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