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Walden ou la vie dans les bois

Walden is a book by transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau. The text is a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings. The work is part personal declaration of independence, social experiment, voyage of spiritual discovery, satire, and—to some degree—a manual for self-reliance.First published in 1854, Walden details Thoreau's experiences over the course of two years, two months, and two days in a cabin he built near Walden Pond amidst woodland owned by his friend and mentor Ralph Waldo Emerson, near Concord, Massachusetts. Thoreau used this time to write his first book, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers. The experience later inspired Walden, in which Thoreau compresses the time into a single calendar year and uses passages of four seasons to symbolize human development.


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„A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone.“

—  Henry David Thoreau, Walden ou la vie dans les bois

Variant: A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.
Source: Walden

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Henry David Thoreau photo
Henry David Thoreau photo

„A living dog is better than a dead lion.“

—  Henry David Thoreau, Walden ou la vie dans les bois

Walden (1854)
Context: A living dog is better than a dead lion. Shall a man go and hang himself because he belongs to the race of pygmies, and not be the biggest pygmy that he can? Let every one mind his own business, and endeavor to be what he was made. Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed, and in such desperate enterprises? 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.<!--pp.366-367

Henry David Thoreau photo
Henry David Thoreau photo
Henry David Thoreau photo

„Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end“

—  Henry David Thoreau, Walden ou la vie dans les bois

Walden (1854)
Context: Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end, an end which it was already but too easy to arrive at.<!--pp.60-61

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„Money is not required to buy one necessity of the soul.“

—  Henry David Thoreau, Walden ou la vie dans les bois

Walden (1854)
Context: Money is not required to buy one necessity of the soul.<!--p.370

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„I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life“

—  Henry David Thoreau, Walden ou la vie dans les bois

Source: Walden (1854)
Context: I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like 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, why then 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.
Context: 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, 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 practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like 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, why then 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 "glorify God and enjoy him forever."

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„Only that day dawns to which we are awake. There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star.“

—  Henry David Thoreau, Walden ou la vie dans les bois

Source: Walden (1854)
Context: Only that day dawns to which we are awake. There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star.<!--p.375

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Henry David Thoreau photo
Henry David Thoreau photo
Henry David Thoreau photo

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