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Daily Archive for July 30th, 2018

More from Walden: If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life … … I want the flower and fruit of a man; that some fragrance be wafted over from him to me, and some ripeness […]

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Walden’s Greatest Hits, Continued

How about this? Most of the stone a nation hammers goes toward its tomb only. It buries itself alive. As for the Pyramids, there is nothing to wonder at in them so much as the fact that so many men could be found degraded enough to spend their lives constructing a tomb for some ambitious […]

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Thoreau on Social Media

Continuing in Walden, this brought a sad chuckle: We are eager to tunnel under the Atlantic and bring the Old World some weeks nearer to the New; but perchance the first news that will leak through into the broad, flapping American ear will be that the Princess Adelaide has the whooping cough. After all, the […]

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Walden University

Among the delights in rereading Walden is this gem (he’s writing in 1854):  I cannot but think that if we had more true wisdom in these respects, not only less education would be needed, because, forsooth, more would already have been acquired, but the pecuniary expense of getting an education would in a great measure […]

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