English_2-14-08 - 2/14/08 E316K Henry David Thoreau born in...

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2/14/08 E316K Henry David Thoreau – born in 1817 “I would not do again what I have done once” – running theme in Thoreau’s life Born protestant Didn’t believe in any organized religion of any kind Protestant to the limit Bred to know profession Never married Lived alone Never went to church Never voted Drank no wine Ate no flesh Chose to be the bachelor of nature He chose to be rich by making his wants few and applying them himself Didn’t have any close friends He was someone you would admire, but you wouldn’t want to be close to him Industrious man with robust common sense He published two books during his lifetime Civil disobedience – 775 Questioning authority and government Sounds like Thomas Paine where he warned about the danger of government intrusion into our  lives “That government is best in which government is least” “That government is best which governs not at all”
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