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Life Without Principle

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Published March 1st 2007 by Kessinger Publishing (first published April 1st 1977)
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A real gem, liked it better than Walden, which I often got lost in. This is short and straight to the point, which I find Thoreau makes powerfully. Written 150 years ago, but ever so relevant. I found his views on commerce especially interesting- "A commerce that whitens every sea in quest of nuts and raisins, and makes slaves of its sailors for this purpose!"

I've oftened wondered myself about the seemingly endless race to expand, increase, enlarge- to what end? So we'll be able to play high def
Viji Sarath (Bookish endeavors)
Straightforward,bold and precise.. It was a really interesting read. This is a criticism of man's tendency to focus on finding a means of living rather than on life in general. Instead of doing what he likes and doing it honestly and sincerely,he goes behind jobs that provide him money because it's money that rules the world of today. Thoreau asks why men go to distant places for gold-digging when there are rivers that come from the golden mountains in their place. He also criticizes the newspap ...more
Resonates rare determination, very alluring yet easy to identify with -- "This world is a place of business. What an infinite bustle!... It interrupts my dreams. There is no sabbath. It would be glorious to see mankind at leisure for once. It is nothing but work, work, work. I cannot easily buy a blank-book to write thoughts in; they are commonly ruled for dollars and cents.... If a man was tossed out of a window when an infant, and so made a cripple for life, or scared out of his wits by the In ...more
... includes an unforgettable dismembering of "news culture"
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Some really interesting and, even if the book is old, relevant aspects of values and virtues.
I don't agree with everything but it is totally worth a read ( or a listen if you choose the audibook, as I did . )
Greening USiena
Se la "Disobbedienza civile" segnava, secondo le parole di Thoreau, la liquidazione di ogni Stato per via di una rivoluzione pacifica, se ce n'è una possibile, "Vita senza principi", presentato per la prima volta al pubblico italiano, riprende e approfondisce i motivi dell'individualismo e della liberazione dai vincoli del legame sociale. Come per "Walden" vale qui l'invito al lettore: "Stia attento a scoprirvi e perseguirvi il suo senso, che può essere solo privato". Ogni autentica r
Agreed, bold, still relevant. But i felt like being preached.
The best thing I can say about it is, it changed my life....
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Bob Jones
"In proportion as our inward life fails, we go more constantly and desperately to the post-office. You may depend on it, that the poor fellow who walks away with the greatest number of letters, proud of his extensive correspondence, has not heard from himself this long while." p. 14

"The chief want, in every State that I have been into, was a high and earnest purpose in its inhabitants." p. 22
There is no more fatal blunderer than he who consumes the greater part of his life getting his living.

Conventionalities are at length as bad as impurities. Even the facts of science may dust the mind by their dryness, unless they are in a sense effaced each morning, or rather rendered fertile by the dews of fresh and living truth.
Darius Liddell
I don't write long reviews, but if you are interested in all in independence of spirit and principle, I highly recommend this -- as, it seems to me, it distills much of what Thoreau is remembered for.
Short, to the point, and very eye-opening essay. Even though Henry wrote this years ago, it is so relevant to the world we live in today.
It's Thoreau, must I say more?
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Henry David Thoreau (born David Henry Thoreau)was an American author, naturalist, transcendentalist, tax resister, development critic, philosopher, and abolitionist who is best known for Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, and his essay, Civil Disobedience, an argument for individual resistance to civil government in moral opposition to an unjust state.

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