Henry David Thoreau: 10 quotes for his birthday

Henry David Thoreau was born on July 12, 1817, in Concord, Mass. He was an author, poet, transcendentalist, abolitionist, historian, surveyor, naturalist, and much more. He is known primarily for his book "Walden," a collection of philosophical and poetic musings on simple, natural life at Walden Pond, where he stayed in a small cabin for over two years. His writings on civil disobedience would later influence the likes of Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. Thoreau's fierce opposition to slavery and his disapproval of the treatment of Native Americans earned him the reputation of a radical in his lifetime. He has since become revered in political, philosophical, and scientific circles today. Here are ten quotes to celebrate his birthday.

Henry David Thoreau

1. Purpose

"It is not enough to be industrious; so are the ants. What are you industrious about?"

– from a letter to Harrison Blake (November 16, 1857)

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