I have always loved quotation books of all kinds, and the best ones most often come from the old masters of literature and philosophy like Aristotle, Rand, Franklin, Jefferson, Sandburg, Edger Allen Poe, and Henry David Thoreau to name just a few.
This Dover volume has more than 450 quotations from Thoreau's writings. Many of them came from his journal and other material. His rebellious nature can be felt in many of his writings. When he saw injustice he commented on it. When he viewed the beauty of nature he often wrote about how much he appreciated the simple life. His search for truth, beauty and the meaning of living a good life can be understood in this small volume of quotations.
A very small sample of the treasured comments in this text are these gems: "The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation." "The fault-finder will find faults even in paradise." " That government is best which governs not at all." 'Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them." "You cannot walk too early in new-fallen snow to get the sense of purity, novelty, and unexploredness."
This 57 page volume is organized into 17 sections which are as follows:
Contemplation and reflection, day and night, education, freedom and individualism, friendship and love, himself, human nature, law and government, literature and writing , money and business, morality and conduct, nature: animals, trees, water, religion, solitude, travel, work and leisure. Some of his views may have been considered radical in his time, but truth always stands the test of time. This book was a pleasure to read.
Anyone who desires to learn the innermost thoughts of a great writer should check out this text.
Rating: 4 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: The Samurai Soul: An old warrior's poetic tribute).