“The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.”(Henry David Thoreau) – 06/11/2011

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

Reading the news, I felt, maybe, it was time to re-visit Henry David Thoreau……..;+)

For Your Entertainment (FYE)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_David_Thoreau
http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Henry_David_Thoreau

“”Thoreau’s careful observations and devastating conclusions have rippled into time, becoming stronger as the weaknesses Thoreau noted have become more pronounced … Events that seem to be completely unrelated to his stay at Walden Pond have been influenced by it, including the national park system, the British labor movement, the creation of India, the civil rights movement, the hippie revolution, the environmental movement, and the wilderness movement. Today, Thoreau’s words are quoted with feeling by liberals, socialists, anarchists, libertarians, and conservatives alike.”— Ken Kifer “

I am a parcel of vain strivings tied
By a chance bond together,”

“It is not enough to be industrious; so are the ants. What are you industrious about? ”

“What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on? — If you cannot tolerate the planet that it is on?”

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

“How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.”

“That man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest. ”

“Any fool can make a rule
And any fool will mind it. ”

“The soldier is applauded who refuses to serve in an unjust war by those who do not refuse to sustain the unjust government which makes the war;”

” A wise man will not leave the right to the mercy of chance, nor wish it to prevail through the power of the majority. There is but little virtue in the action of masses of men.”

“Is a democracy, such as we know it, the last improvement possible in government? Is it not possible to take a step further towards recognizing and organizing the rights of man? There will never be a really 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 him accordingly.”

“You can hardly convince a man of an error in a lifetime, but must content yourself with the reflection that the progress of science is slow. If he is not convinced, his grandchildren may be. ”

“The wisest man preaches no doctrines”

“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation.”

“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. ”

“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours … In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness. ”

” 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”

“Most of the luxuries, and many of the so-called comforts of life, are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind. ”

“When were the good and the brave ever in a majority? ”

“I do not wish to kill nor to be killed, but I can foresee circumstances in which both these things would be by me unavoidable. ”

“Most men would feel insulted, if it were proposed to employ them in throwing stones over a wall, and then in throwing them back, merely that they might earn their wages. But many are no more worthily employed now. ”

“With respect to a true culture and manhood, we are essentially provincial still, not metropolitan, — mere Jonathans. We are provincial, because we do not find at home our standards, — because we do not worship truth, but the reflection of truth, — because we are warped and narrowed by an exclusive devotion to trade and commerce and manufactures and agriculture and the like, which are but means, and not the end. ”

Big Hugs and Kisses to All!;+)

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