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Quotation by Henry David Thoreau:

I hearing get, who had but ears,
And sight, who had but eyes before;
I moments live, who lived but years,
And truth discern, who knew but learning's lore."

"Now chiefly is my native hour,
And only now my prime of life;
I will not doubt the love untold,
Which not my worth or want has bought,
Which wooed me young, and wooes me old,
And to this evening hath me brought.


Henry David Thoreau     (more by this author)

1817-1862 (Age at death: 45 approx.)

Henry David Thoreau (see name pronunciation; July 12, 1817 - May 6, 1862) was an American author, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, and historian. A leading transcendentalist, Thoreau is best known for his book Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, and his essay Resistance to Civil Government (also known as Civil Disobedience), an argument for disobedience to an unjust state.

Thoreau's books, articles, essays, journals, and poetry total over 20 volumes. Among his lasting contributions are his writings on natural history and philosophy, where he anticipated the methods and findings of ecology and environmental history, two sources of modern-day environmentalism. His literary style interweaves close natural observation, personal experience, pointed rhetoric, symbolic meanings, and historical lore, while displaying a poetic sensibility, philosophical austerity, and "Yankee" love of practical detail. He was also deeply interested in the idea of survival in the face of hostile elements, historical change, and natural decay; at the same time he advocated abandoning waste and illusion in order to discover life's true essential needs.

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Country: United States

Type: Prose
Context: Unknown
Context Details: poems of H D Thoreau quoted by Emerson, in eulogy, p. 413.
Source: coll.works R W Emerson, vol X, uncollect
Uttered: 2013

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