Where I Lived and What I Lived for Essay

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Where I Lived, and What I Lived For HnNny Devn Tnonseu Henry Dovid Thoreou -1817-1862) wos o philosopher, poet, essoyist, ond noturolist os well os on outspoken sociol oitic. He wos boin in Concord, Mossochusetts, ond wos educoted of Horvord. He worked ot o voriety of professions, from lond surveyor to teocher to pencil moker. Strongly influenced by his neighbor ond friend Rolph Woldo Emerson, Thoreou considered himself o fierce potriot w'ho honored his country ond its ideols, if not olwoys its government. He spoke out ogoinst the wor ogoinst Mexico, ond slovery specificolly the Fugitive slove Act ond defended the obolitionistJohn Brown. - is best He known for wolden, or Life - the woods, published in I g54, whlch is his occount in of living in o cobin on Wolden Pond for two yeors. This selection is from the second chopter of Wolden. [went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the ressential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and SpartanJike as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean, whythen to get the whole and genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world; or if it were sublime, to know it by experience, and be able to give a true account of it in my next excursion. For most men' it appears to me, are in a strange uncertainty about it, whether it is of the devil or of God, and have somewhat hastily concluded that it is the chief end of man here to "glorifr God and enjoyhim forever."r Still we

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