Walden; Or, Life in the Woods

Walden; Or, Life in the Woods
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Publisher : Coffeetown Press
Total Pages : 319
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ISBN-10 : 9781603810074
ISBN-13 : 1603810072
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Book Synopsis Walden; Or, Life in the Woods by : Henry David Thoreau

Download or read book Walden; Or, Life in the Woods written by Henry David Thoreau and published by Coffeetown Press. This book was released on 2008-03-20 with total page 319 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Walden details Thoreau's experiment with self-reliance living by a pond near Concord, MA in 1845-46. His intent is to explore the spiritual benefits of a simplified life. "The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats. A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind. There is no play in them, for this comes after work. But it is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things. When we consider what, to use the words of the catechism, is the chief end of man, and what are the true necessaries and means of life, it appears as if men had deliberately chosen the common mode of living because they preferred it to any other. Yet they honestly think there is no choice left. But alert and healthy natures remember that the sun rose clear. It is never too late to give up our prejudices. No way of thinking or doing, however ancient, can be trusted without proof. What everybody echoes or in silence passes by as true to-day may turn out to be falsehood to-morrow, mere smoke of opinion, which some had trusted for a cloud that would sprinkle fertilizing rain on their fields."

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