Henry David Thoreau Quotes

When I observe that there are different ways of surveying, my employer commonly asks which will give him the most land, not which is most correct.

While Thoreau is known as a great American writer and philosopher, he actually was a surveyor in his early career. Writing was not an easy mode with which to earn a living then.

Henry David Thoreau, 1817-1862, Writer, Life Without Principle, 1863

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Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau
  • Born: July 12, 1817
  • Died: May 6, 1862
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Author

Henry David Thoreau was an American essayist, 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 "Civil Disobedience" (originally published as "Resistance to Civil Government"), an argument for disobedience to an unjust state.