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Henry David Thoreau

Chinese charater for the respect of nature


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The one great rule of composition is to speak the truth.



A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.

Seek to dispel delusion and all that is false.

Transcendental spiritual truths are revealed through nature.

Create a deliberate wakefulness to the essential facts of life.

A mystical, spiritual discipline is essential for attainment of an inner clarity of vision.

The divine source of all things exists in nature, yet divine reality is not exhausted by nature.

There exists within each human being a moral sense and an intuitive capacity for spiritual truths.

The search for ultimate reality begins with simplification and with the desire for clarity of vision and spiritual alertness.

Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.

There will never be a free and enlightened State until the State comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are derived, and treats them accordingly.

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So we saunter toward the Holy Land, till one day the sun shall shine more brightly than ever he has done, shall perchance shine into our minds and hearts, and light up our whole lives with a great awakening light, as warm and serene and golden as on a bankside in autumn.

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The morning, which is the most memorable season of the day, is the awakening hour.

Morning is when I am awake and there is a dawn in me.

Then there is least somnolence in us;
and for an hour, at least, some part of us awakes which slumbers all the rest of the day and night.

Little is to be expected of that day to which we are not awakened by our own newly acquired force and aspirations from within, accompanied by the undulations of celestial music, instead of factory bells.

A fragrance fills the air with a higher life than we fell asleep from;
and thus the darkness bear its fruit, and prove itself to be good, no less than the light.

All memorable events, I should say, transpire in morning time and in a morning atmosphere.

To him whose elastic and vigorous thought keeps pace with the sun, the day is a perpetual morning.

It matters not what the clocks say or the attitudes and labors of men.

Moral reform is the effort to throw off sleep.

The millions are awake enough for physical labor; but only one in a million is awake enough for effective intellectual exertion, only one in a hundred millions to a poetic or divine life.

To be awake is to be alive.

I have never yet met a man who was quite awake.

We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aids, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn, which does not forsake us in our soundest sleep.

I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by a conscious endeavor.

It is something to be able to paint a particular image, or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look, which morally we can do. To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.

Every man is tasked to make his life, even in its details, worthy of the contemplation of his most elevated and critical hour.



Chinese charater for nature lover

that government is best which governs least

That government is best which governs least.


I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.

I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary.

I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the Earth; or if it were sublime, to know it by experience, and be able to give a true account of it.

Henry David Thoreau, philosopher, environmentalist, author



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Civil Disobedience

1849

I heartily accept the motto, "That government is best which governs least"; and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe- "That government is best which governs not at all"; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have. Government is at best but an expedient; but most governments are usually, and all governments are sometimes, inexpedient. The objections which have been brought against a standing army, and they are many and weighty, and deserve to prevail, may also at last be brought against a standing government. The standing army is only an arm of the standing government. The government itself, which is only the mode which the people have chosen to execute their will, is equally liable to be abused and perverted before the people can act through it. Witness the present Mexican war, the work of comparatively a few individuals using the standing government as their tool; for, in the outset, the people would not have consented to this measure.

This American government- what is it but a tradition, though a recent one, endeavoring to transmit itself unimpaired to posterity, but each instant losing some of its integrity? It has not the vitality and force of a single living man; for a single man can bend it to his will. It is a sort of wooden gun to the people themselves. But it is not the less necessary for this; for the people must have some complicated machinery or other, and hear its din, to satisfy that idea of government which they have. Governments show thus how successfully men can be imposed on, even impose on themselves, for their own advantage. It is excellent, we must all allow. Yet this government never of itself furthered any enterprise, but by the alacrity with which it got out of its way. It does not keep the country free. It does not settle the West. It does not educate. The character inherent in the American people has done all that has been accomplished; and it would have done somewhat more, if the government had not sometimes got in its way. For government is an expedient by which men would fain succeed in letting one another alone; and, as has been said, when it is most expedient, the governed are most let alone by it. Trade and commerce, if they were not made of india-rubber, would never manage to bounce over the obstacles which legislators are continually putting in their way; and, if one were to judge these men wholly by the effects of their actions and not partly by their intentions, they would deserve to be classed and punished with those mischievous persons who put obstructions on the railroads.

But, to speak practically and as a citizen, unlike those who call themselves no-government men, I ask for, not at once no government, but at once a better government. Let every man make known what kind of government would command his respect, and that will be one step toward obtaining it.

Civil Disobedience By Henry David Thoreau 1849



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Disobedience will not be tolerated !

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