He is best known for his book Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, and his essay Resistance to Civil Government also known as Civil Disobediencean argument for disobedience to an unjust state.
The Summer Rainst. The Summer Rain, st. The Maine WoodsKtaadn, Pt. Slavery in Massachusetts The fate of the country does not depend on how you vote at the polls — the worst man is as strong as the best at that game; it does not depend on what kind of paper you drop into the ballot-box once a year, but on what kind of man you drop from your chamber into the street every morning.
My thanksgiving is perpetual. It is surprising how contented one can be with nothing definite — only a sense of existence. Well, anything for variety. How sweet to think of!
My extremities well charred, and my intellectual part too, so that there is no danger of worm or rot for a long while. My breath is sweet to me. O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches.
No run on my bank can drain it — for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment.
What are you industrious about? Letter to Harrison Blake 16 November Let me suggest a theme for you: Give this good reason to yourself for having gone over the mountains, for mankind is ever going over a mountain.
Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short. Letter to Harrison Blake 16 November Men and boys are learning all kinds of trades but how to make men of themselves. They learn to make houses; but they are not so well housed, they are not so contented in their houses, as the woodchucks in their holes.
Grade the ground first. If a man believes and expects great things of himself, it makes no odds where you put him, or what you show him … he will be surrounded by grandeur. He is in the condition of a healthy and hungry man, who says to himself, — How sweet this crust is!
I suppose that I have not many months to live; but, of course, I know nothing about it. I may add that I am enjoying existence as much as ever, and regret nothing.
Inspiration, Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. An American Anthology, — I hear beyond the range of sound, I see beyond the range of sight, New earths and skies and seas around, And in my day the sun doth pale his light. An American Anthology, — She with one breath attunes the spheres, And also my poor human heart.
Journals [ edit ] To listen with one ear to each summer sound, to behold with one eye each summer scene, our visual rays so to meet and mingle with the object as to be one bent and doubled You might as well think to go in pursuit of the rainbowand embrace it on the next hill, as to embrace the whole of poetry even in thought.Thoreau als Prophet des zivilen Ungehorsams.
Den Juli verbrachte Thoreau im Gefängnis, weil er sich weigerte, seine Steuerschuld gegenüber Massachusetts, die Poll tax oder Kopfsteuer, zu begleichen und mit diesen Steuergeldern die amerikanische Regierung (und damit die Sklaverei und den expansiven Mexiko-Krieg) zu alphabetnyc.com Krieg begann allerdings erst kurze Zeit vor.
Thoreau and the American Identity. Despite all of this, Thoreau states in Civil Disobedience that he doesn't believe that the American government was all bad, he just thought that he, and other. Henry David Thoreau, (born July 12, , Concord, Massachusetts, U.S.—died May 6, , Concord), American essayist, poet, and practical philosopher, renowned for having lived the doctrines of Transcendentalism as recorded in his masterwork, Walden (), and for having been a vigorous advocate of civil liberties, as evidenced in the essay “Civil Disobedience” ().
In his essay “Civil Disobedience," Henry David Thoreau opens by saying, “I heartily accept the motto, ‘That government is best which governs least’" (), and then clarifies that his true belief is “‘That government is best which governs not at all’" ().
Henry David Thoreau; July 12, – May 6, ) was an American author, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor. The fate of the country does not depend on how you vote at the polls — the worst man is as strong as the best at that game; it does not depend on what kind of paper you drop into the ballot-box once a year, but on what kind of man you drop from your chamber into the street every morning.