QUOTABLE THOREAU -- An A to Z Glossary of Inspiring Quotes from Henry David Thoreau -- author of Walden and 'Civil Disobedience' -- culled from his books, essays, letters and journals, a collection of gems of wit and wisdom from a great American writer, essayist, naturalist, environmentalist, transcendentalist, abolitionist and tax resister. Covering a wide variety of subjects, including Advice, Books, Castles in the Air, Clothes ("Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes"), Desperation ("The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation"), Different Drummer, Earth, Freedom, Government ("That government governs best that governs least"), House, Individual, Justice, Kill, Life ("I wanted to live deep and suck all the marrow out of life"), Money, Nature ("We can never have enough of nature"), Opinion, Philosophers, Rich, See ("The question is not what you look at, but what you see"), Taxes, Unconsciousness, Violence, Wildness ("In wildness is the preservation of the world") and many more. Edited by Alex Ayres, whose previous books include The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain (HarperCollins) and The Wit and Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln (Penguin), with photos and artwork by Janine Cooper Ayres. Thoreau is still one of the most quoted, and most influential, of American writers. Why not add some of Thoreau's gems to your collection?
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About the Author
Massachusetts native Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) was a leading member of the American Transcendentalist movement, whose faith in nature was tested while Thoreau lived in a homemade hut at Walden Pond between 1845 and 1847. While there, Thoreau worked on the two books published in his lifetime: Walden and A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers. The Maine Woods, Cape Cod, Excursions, and other works were published posthumously.
Date of Birth:July 12, 1817
Date of Death:May 6, 1862
Place of Birth:Concord, Massachusetts
Place of Death:Concord, Massachusetts
Education:Concord Academy, 1828-33); Harvard University, 1837
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Quotable Thoreau is a great introduction or reintroduction to Thoreau's many memorable quotations. It's a reminder that there is very little that's new. If you read self-help books, you'll quickly notice that Thoreau said most of it a long time ago. Perhaps he was repeating the wisdom of the ages too but for more modern times. Three of my favorites were, On Education: 'What does education often do? It makes a straight-cut ditch out of a free meandering brook.", On Clothes: "Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes", and On Fear: "There is nothing so much to be feared as fear." Sound familiar, Mr. Roosevelt?