HENRY DAVID THOREAU

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Henry David Thoreau understood the “quiet desperation”of the many who feel trapped in a life style in which they don’t feel authentic or “real”…it feels similar to a “double bind”where we are damned if we do and damned if we don’t…but Thoreau discusses a way out of this trap and so moving toward a passionate meaning in life.

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. …. A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind.Many go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, to discover that I had not lived.

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.

As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.

As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.

Do what you love. Know your own bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw it still.

Generally speaking, a howling wilderness does not howl: it is the imagination of the traveler that does the howling.

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.

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