to employ them in throwing stones over a wall, and then in throwing them back, merely that they might earn their wages. . He adapted ideas garnered from the then-current Romantic literatures in order to extend American libertarianism and individualism beyond the political and religious spheres to those of social and personal life. "All sound heard at the greatest possible distance he contends "produces one and the same effect." 6 Likening the train's cloud of steam to a comet tail and its commotion to "the scream of a hawk the train becomes homologous with nature and Thoreau praises. Dean and Scharnhorst 300.
January 2, 1853 Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk. Although Flint's is the largest, Thoreau's favorites are Walden and White ponds, which he describes as lovelier than diamonds. An American Anthology, The life that I aspire to live No man proposeth me No trade upon the street Wears its emblazonry. March 10, 1841 We are as much as we see. John Updike wrote of Walden, "A century and a half after its publication, Walden has become such a totem of the back-to-nature, preservationist, anti-business, civil-disobedience mindset, and Thoreau so vivid a protester, so perfect a crank and hermit saint, that the book risks being. To the dark immensity of material Nature's indifference we can oppose only the brief light, like a lamp in a cabin, of our consciousness; the invigorating benison of Walden is to make us feel that the contest is equal, and fair. Retrieved enry David Thoreau transcendentalism and social reform by Philip. The judgment of an individual's conscience is not necessarily inferior to the decisions of a political body or majority, and so "it is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right. Unjust laws exist: shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once?
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