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In more than 600 striking, thought-provoking excerpts, grouped under 17 headings, Thoreau rails against injustice, gives voice to his love of nature, and advocates simplicity and conscious living. Note.
In more than 600 striking, thought-provoking excerpts, grouped under 17 headings, Thoreau rails against injustice, gives voice to his love of nature, and advocates simplicity and conscious living. Note.
On July 4, 1845, when Henry David Thoreau moved into his cabin on the shores of Walden Pond, he was probably unaware that his abode in the woods, and the impact and influence of that endeavor, would forever echo through time. Thoreau was an uncompromising idealist; an ardent maverick who criticized his fellow man. He urged that men and women ought to live more simply, and more deliberately. "The mass of men," he famously wrote, "lead lives of quite desperation." Yet the scope of Thoreau's message is much wider than social criticism. He speaks of spiritual transcendence in Nature and the unbounded potential of the individual. Thoreau is a dreamer and he speaks to dreamers. In a word, shun dogmatism and demagoguery; see beyond the immediate conventional religious explanations to reap a higher understanding. In our commodified contemporary American society, with the rise of religious intolerance and fundamentalism, materialism and mass consumerism, Thoreau's message is needed now more than ever. Author Kenny Luck has thumbed through Thoreau's voluminous journals, correspondences and other publications to make this the most comprehensive collection of Thoreau aphorisms available.
Few writers are more quotable than Henry David Thoreau. His books, essays, journals, poems, letters, and unpublished manuscripts contain an inexhaustible treasure of epigrams and witticisms, from the famous ("The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation") to the obscure ("Who are the estranged? Two friends explaining") and the surprising ("I would exchange my immortality for a glass of small beer this hot weather"). The Quotable Thoreau, the most comprehensive and authoritative collection of Thoreau quotations ever assembled, gathers more than 2,000 memorable passages from this iconoclastic American author, social reformer, environmentalist, and self-reliant thinker. Including Thoreau's thoughts on topics ranging from sex to solitude, manners to miracles, government to God, life to death, and everything in between, the book captures Thoreau's profundity as well as his humor ("If misery loves company, misery has company enough"). Drawing primarily on The Writings of Henry D. Thoreau, published by Princeton University Press, The Quotable Thoreau is thematically arranged, fully indexed, richly illustrated, and thoroughly documented. For the student of Thoreau, it will be invaluable. For those who think they know Thoreau, it will be a revelation. And for the reader seeking sheer pleasure, it will be a joy. Over 2,000 quotations on more than 150 subjects Richly illustrated with historic photographs and drawings Thoreau on himself and his contemporaries Thoreau's contemporaries on Thoreau Biographical time line Appendix of misquotations and misattributions Fully indexed Suggestions for further reading
Here is a wealth of quotations--witty, humorous, insightful, touching--ideal for gift giving, personal reflection, bedside reading, or anytime one wants to get in touch with the beauty and wisdom of the human spirit. The authors include actors, gurus, philosophers, rock stars, film directors, baseball players, poets, sages from fifth-century China, the celebrated and the unknown--all of us, in a sense.
Renowned nature writer and author, John K. Terres has selected nearly 700 quotations from 140 author, who are in profound agreement about the conservation of nature.
This volume features collected wisdom of Henry David Thoreau. Henry David Thoreau had a decidely modern mind, and many of his writings prove startlingly applicable to today's world. An environmentalist, a nature lover, and a strong individualist, he spoke his mind without concern for controversy or common beliefs. Here, compiled by Tim Homan, is A Yearning Toward Wildness, the best of Henry David Thoreau on a variety of topics still important to us today, including conservation and preservation, hunting and trapping, and vegetarianism, as well as the bittersweet category of "wish it were still here." Many of his quotations will stir familiar memories as well as strong feelings about the world we live in, a world Henry knew was coming. A Yearning Toward Wildness will provide inspiration and insight for our hectic lives.

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