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Henry David Thoreau , Robert Blaisdell

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28 Mar 2003 0486414280 978-0486414287
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.

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4.0 out of 5 stars If you like Henry David Thoreau, you will enjoy this wonderful collection of quotations taken from his many published works. 11 April 2014
By Joseph J. Truncale - Published on
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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).
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's time to simplify 7 Sep 2013
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Well written defense for "just enough." We could all remember that going simple is going back to who we were, who we are actually. No need to live with your head in your smart phone, just grab you backpack or small boat and get back to nature. An enjoyable read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spread the word on this true pioneer in so many wayus 30 Jun 2013
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Summer is here and as we all go out and work in the garden, or take hikes with our dogs, we can always get more perspective on nature from Henry David Thoreau. I've already heard from several friends who recently traveled to Walden Pond and saw firsthand the environment where Thoreau worked, and kept notes on life around him in his little cabin.

I love to include some of Thoreau's Quotations in many of my e-mails and even in snail mail letters. (I still love to communicate by letter) and have found some friends and relatives who share that desire.

This book on Thoreau quotations is so helpful. "We discover a new world every time that we see the earth after it has been covered for a season with snow."

And "Not till June can the grass be said to be waving in the fields. When the frogs dream and and the grass waves and the buttercups toss their heads and the heat disposes to bathe in the ponds and streams, then is summer begun."

I keep this book close, both at home and when on vacations. Hope you can enjoy it too!
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2.0 out of 5 stars This is a book of quotations from Thoreau 17 Oct 2013
By Harry A. Kiesel - Published on
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Some of the quotations in this small volume have universal relevance but many of the quotes reflect a Rousseauist naturalist view that romantisises man and hence reflects a non-realistic view of life and nature. If you are an environmentalist you might enjoy reflecting on some of the quotes. If you are more of an objectivist, you will find much in this volume that sounds rather childish.

Overall I think there is little to learn from this book.
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