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Henry David Thoreau: Transcendentalism II Introduction to American Literature Professor Iannini Rutgers University October 26, 2011
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So much of nature as he is ignorant of, so much of his own mind does he not yet possess. And, in fine, the ancient precept, “Know thyself,” and the modern precept, “Study nature,” become at last one maxim. --Emerson, “The American Scholar”
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For more than five years I maintained myself thus solely by the labor of my hands, and I found, that by working about six weeks in a year, I could all the expenses of living. The whole of my winters, as well as most of my summers I had free and clear for study. --Thoreau, Walden (1854) [Norton, 1908]
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The finest qualities of our nature, like the bloom on fruits, can be preserved only by the most delicate handling. Yet we do not treat ourselves nor one another thus tenderly. --Thoreau, Walden (1854) [Norton, 1874]
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When I wrote the following pages, or rather the bulk of them, I lived alone in the woods, a mile from any neighbor, in a house which I had
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