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Walden by Henry David Thoreau
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Dec 25, 09

bookshelves: non-fiction, green
Read in July, 2002

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In most books, the I, or first person, is omitted; in this it will be retained; that, in respect to egotism, is the main difference. We commonly do not remember that it is, after all, always the first person speaking. I should not talk so much about myself if there were anybody else whom I knew as well.

One farmer says to me, ‘You cannot live on vegetable food solely, for it furnishes nothing to make bones with…walking all the while he talks behind his oxen, which, with vegetable made bones, jerk him and his lumbering plow along in spite of every obstacle.

[I:]t would be well, perhaps, if we were to spend more of our days and nights without any obstruction between us and the celestial bodies…

While civilization has been improving our houses, it has not equally improved the men who are to inhabit them.

[F:]or a man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone.

I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.

[M:]aking the earth say beans instead of grass – this was my daily work.

The universe is wider than our views of it.

The commonest sense is the sense of men asleep…
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