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On Man and Nature

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Published June 1960 by Peter Pauper Press (first published January 28th 1960)
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Aug 14, 2012 Turquoise rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
"Do a little more of that work which you had sometime confessed to be good, which you feel that society and your justest judge rightly demands of you. Do what you reprove yourself for not doing. Know that you are neither satisfied nor dissatisfied with yourself without reason. Let me say to you and to myself in one breath, Cultivate the tree which you have found to bear fruit in your soil."

Got that? Last line especially.
Jun 25, 2016 Joy rated it really liked it
This is the kind of book to own and highlight and underline. I was borrowing it and felt overwhelmed by how much I wanted to copy down. That desire was distracting....
A lot of beautiful wisdom packed into a tiny book. This is definitely a book to return to....
Alec LePoidevin
Feb 14, 2016 Alec LePoidevin rated it it was amazing
A fantastic compilation of short pieces from Thoreau's works. He writes truths that stand the test of time and deserves a spot on every book shelf. This book is perfect for quick insights into humanness and our connection to nature. Read a few passages and reflect upon life!
Jul 10, 2015 Hannah rated it liked it
Shelves: american, essays, classic
Just some good ol' Thoreau, writing some nice things about dewdrops and also talking about how great it must be to be poor. So, mixed bag. The curated nature of this collection made it feel a little disjointed at times, but not a bad read for a weekend in the woods.
Linda DiMeo
Apr 18, 2016 Linda DiMeo rated it it was amazing
I love the way Thoreau writes about nature and the simple life. Oh how I wish life could be that way for me.
Heather Herron
Jun 03, 2016 Heather Herron rated it it was amazing
One of the most profound works I have ever encountered.
Jun 27, 2016 Morgan rated it it was ok
I'm still not a huge Thoreau fan.
May 25, 2007 Jenae rated it really liked it
A collection of quotes from Thoreau's writing. Absolutely a must-read for anyone looking for inspiration, or simply wanting to luxuriate in some Victorian-era prose.
Short read. Lovely, but had a hard time swallowing the last chapter. The agnostic in me just cannot muster up that much passion for "The Great Spirit."
An awesome collection of inspiring quotes on nature from one of the literary masters. A must read, especially during these troubled times.
Jessica Bukowinski
Some great quotes, some difficult quotes, better read in small doses than in a straight read.
Mishti Sharma
Apr 17, 2011 Mishti Sharma rated it liked it
Got this used (a copy from 1960.) Some really great sayings and some okay ones, but I love Thoreau!
Jun 30, 2012 Audrey rated it it was amazing
Every passage I read from this little compilation filled me with lightness. Awe inducing.
Jun 19, 2016 Valeria rated it liked it
Some passages more inspired than others. A mixed bag overall.
Apr 22, 2007 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: superior
great little book full of selected quotes on different aspects of Nature.
Apr 18, 2010 Joey rated it it was amazing
a collection of advices,
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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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