Henry David Thoreau 12 July 1817 – 6 May 1862

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The steadfast shores never once turned aside for us, but still trended as they were made; why then should we always turn aside for them?
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 362, Houghton Mifflin (1906).
There are secret articles in our treaties with the gods, of more importance than all the rest, which the historian can never know.
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 129, Houghton Mifflin (1906).
No tree is so wedded to the water, and harmonizes so well with still streams.
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 44, Houghton Mifflin (1906).

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I should have written: 'and spent some nights in jail'. One word missed out.
Thoreau was also an accomplished prose writer. He loved the solitary life, alone in his hut, nature outside. I think this is Thoreau's strength as a writer; he is not a socialized man, but, rather, proud and independent. I agree with his ideas about civil disobedience, the fact that he would not pay the poll tax and some nights in jail for his beliefs.
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