Henry David Thoreau Thoreau's classic account of the solitary life, describing his attempts to simplify his life and sort out his priorities by living alone in a cabin beside Walden Pond for nearly two years, is one of the most influential books ever written. The bible of the environmental movement,
Walden vividly portrays Thoreau's reverence for nature, and his understanding of the idea that nature is made up of crucially interrelated parts.
Henry David Thoreau Walden or, "Life in the Woods", is, primarily, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings. Henry David Thoreau kept a journal during his stay in a cabin beside Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts, for two years, two months, and two days, from July 1845 to Sept 1847. The book is based on that journal. In addition to being a beautiful tribute to the joys of a simple life, to Nature, the seasons, and the animals in the area, this is a profound work dealing with the illusions permeating civilized society and the real meaning and purpose of life. Critics today regard Walden as a classic that explores natural simplicity, harmony, and beauty as models for just social and cultural conditions.
Henry David Thoreau Thoreau built his cabin near Walden Pond in 1845 on land owned by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Walden which is considered one of his best works, describes Thoreau's two-year experience as a resident of Walden Pond. Focusing on the concept of self-knowledge, he encourages readers to get to know themselves and the world around them.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau & Mark Twain Hear some of the greatest American essays ever written! This unabridged collection covers a multitude of subjects, including philosophy, politics, turkeys, and dogs.
It includes Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Self-Reliance"; Henry David Thoreau's "Walking" and "Civil Disobedience"; Mark Twain's "Hunting the Deceitful Turkey"; Benjamin's Franklin's "Reply to a Begging Letter"; and Thomas Paine's "The American Crisis".
You'll also hear "The Union and Its New Constitution" by Alexander Hamilton; "The Art of Publicity" by P. T. Barnum; John Burroughs's "A Life of Fear"; Bradford Torry's "A Short Month"; Eugene Field's "Other People's Dogs"; and James Russell Lowell's "Abraham Lincoln".
Henry David Thoreau Walden is the classic account of two years spent by Henry David Thoreau living at Walden Pond near Concord, Massachusetts. The story is detailed in its accounts of Thoreau's day-to-day activities, observations, and undertakings to survive out in the wilderness for two years.
Thoreau's journal is an exquisite account of a man seeking a more simple life by living in harmony with nature. In today's fast-paced consumer-driven society, the austere lifestyle endorsed by Thoreau is as relevant and refreshing as ever.
Henry David Thoreau "In wilderness is the preservation of the world. Life consists with wilderness. The most alive is the wildest. Not yet subdued to man, its presence refreshes him." Philosopher and writer Henry David Thoreau preferred to contemplate the nature of man and his environment while walking.
Walt Whitman, John Keats, Emily Dickinson, Henry David Thoreau, Emily Brontë & Ralph Waldo Emerson It is hard to top the pleasure of a woodland walk in Spring - unless of course you have a lyric poet as your guide. Now that is possible with
Poets of Nature. Let Walt Whitman, John Keats, Emily Dickinson, Henry David Thoreau, Emily Bronte, and Ralph Waldo Emerson take you into that realm of Nature "where we seldom wander". Drawing upon the treasury of classical poetry,
Poets of Nature explores the deep green paths of nature with some of the world's most distinguished poets.
This audio seeks to guide us back from the confines of a human constructed world to one that we are more at home and in harmony with.
Henry David Thoreau Walking is not as well known as Thoreau's other works Walden, The Maine Woods, and Civil Disobedience. But it is a good place to start exploring his writing because it was his last book, in 1862, published by the Atlantic Monthly shortly after his death. It is less well known because it is general, as opposed to singular, in focus. It is his summing up of his thoughts on life: One should saunter through life and take notice; one need not go far (as Thoreau rarely left the 25 square miles of Concord and its population of 1,784, according to the 1840 census.)
This is not a political or ecological book as many advocates have stated; it does support nature, but in a small subtle way. He was a man of his age who possessed a variety of talents and abilities, similar to Jefferson and Franklin. He sought to encourage people to notice and saunter, but did not rail against anyone who chose not to. This was a favorite work of Justice William Douglas, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mohandas Gandhi. As the liberal jurist Douglas said, This book displays how Thoreau could have been transplanted to any American century and prospered. Jefferson, Franklin, Douglas, King, and Gandhi would be five men who could join him in his appreciation for sauntering and noticing.
Henry David Thoreau This essay by Thoreau first published in 1849, argues that individuals should not permit governments to overrule their consciences. It goes on to say that individuals have a duty to avoid allowing the government to make them the agents of injustice. The quote: "That government is best which governs least," sometimes attributed to Thomas Jefferson or Thomas Paine, actually was first found in this essay. Thoreaus' thoughts were motivated by his disgust with slavery and the Mexican-American War but they are still relevant and resonate today.
Henry David Thoreau In the early spring of 1845, Henry David Thoreau built and lived in a cabin near the shore of Walden Pond in rural Massachusetts. For the next two years, he enacted his own Transcendentalist experiment, living a simple life based on self-reliance, individualism, and harmony with nature. The journal he kept at that time evolved into his masterwork, Walden, an eloquent expression of a uniquely American philosophy.
During the same period, Thoreau endured a one-day imprisonment for his refusal to pay a poll tax, an act of protest against the government for supporting the Mexican War, to which he was morally opposed. In his essay, "On the Duty of Civil Disobedience," Thoreau defends the principles of such nonviolent protest, setting an example that has influenced such figures as Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., and endures to this day.
Henry David Thoreau In 1849, Henry David Thoreau argued in his essay "Civil Disobedience" that people should not allow governments to overrule or atrophy their consciences, and that people have the right to avoid such submission to permit the government to make them the agents of injustice. Thoreau was partly motivated by his abhorrence with slavery and the Mexican-American War. His work has inspired great leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Martin Buber.
Henry David Thoreau From the purple grasses of August, to the yellow elms of October, to the scarlet oak leaves of November, Henry David Thoreau casts his eye on the brilliant colors of autumn and guides us on a journey through the season's bounty. In this classic essay, first published in 1862, Thoreau delights in fall's foliage and reveals both a practical and philosophical understanding of the changing environment. Now available in audio for the first time, Thoreau's essay is the perfect travel companion for those out to discover one of America's natural wonders.
Henry David Thoreau Noted transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau spent two years, two months, and two days chronicling his near-isolation in the small cabin he built in the woods near Walden Pond on land owned by his mentor, the father of Transcendentalism, Ralph Waldo Emerson. Immersing himself in nature and solitude, Thoreau sought to develop a greater understanding of society amidst a life of self-reliance and simplicity. Originally published in 1854, Walden remains one of the most celebrated works in American literature. This version of Walden, or Life in the Woods was recorded as part of Walden and On the Duty of Civil Disobedience.
Henry David Thoreau In 1845 Henry David Thoreau, one of the principal New England Transcendentalists, left the town for the country. Beside the lake of Walden, he built himself a log cabin and returned to nature, to observe and reflect, while surviving on $8 a year. From this experience emerged one of the great classics of American literature, a deeply personal reaction against the commercialism and materialism that he saw as the main impulses of mid-19th century America.
Henry David Thoreau An experiment. A declaration. A spiritual awakening. Noted transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau spent two years, two months, and two days chronicling his near-isolation in a small cabin he built in the woods near Walden Pond, on land owned by his mentor and the father of Transcendentalism, Ralph Waldo Emerson. Immersing himself in nature and solitude, Thoreau sought to develop a greater understanding of society amidst a life of self-reliance and simplicity. Originally published in 1854, Walden remains one of the most celebrated works in American literature. Also includes Walden's essay "On the Duty of Civil Disobedience".
Henry David Thoreau Very similar in style to Walden, and in fact written while he stayed at Walden Pond, this account chronicles Throeau's 1830 boat trip. In it, he weaves together travel writing, essays on religion, history, and lyrical poetry, as well as his own unique philosophy.
Henry David Thoreau In 1849, 5 years before Henry David Thoreau published Walden, he wrote what has come to be recognized as the philosophic textbook for nonviolent revolution. "I think that we should be men first, and subjects afterward," Thoreau wrote. "It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right." Taking as his major premise the idea that "...government is best which governs least," Thoreau asserts that one's first loyalty is to one's own nature, and that only then, when one is true to oneself, can one be true to a government. This remarkable essay has inspired leaders from Gandhi to Martin Luther King, Jr.
Henry David Thoreau A must-listen for all Thoreau aficionados, Walden explores the simpler and slower pace of life. A deep exploration into Henry David Thoreau's philosophical and spiritual understandings, Walden captivates with its intrapersonal reflection.
Thoreau documents his escape from reality to a simple cabin on Walden Pond in rural Massachusetts. "Could he survive, possibly even thrive...living a plain, simple life," Thoreau ponders, and he finds his answer in his semi-anti-social experiment at Walden Pond. A true thought-rebellion of his time, Thoreau presents an argument for striping away the excess and living with the bare necessities.
Henry David Thoreau Henry David Thoreau is a beloved American author, poet and philosopher. He was a lifelong abolitionist, advocate of civil disobedience againts unjust or corrupted goverments, and he defended the idea of abandoning illusory matters in favor of simple living, in order to discover life's authentic essential needs. He is best known for Walden, or Life in the woods, the book he wrote during his two-year experiment in minimalist living: having built himself a cabin in the woods, he stayed there to study, write, and enjoy his newfound communion with nature. His political works and theory of civil disobedience have influenced the thoughts and actions of many prominent figures, such as Leo Tolstoy, Mahatma Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr.
We have selected for you 100 of Thoreau's most insightful quotes, for you to approach the essence of his philosophy, gain better understanding of a citizen's moral duty, and appreciate fully a life cleared of illusions.
Henry David Thoreau In 1845 Henry David Thoreau, one of the principal New England Transcendentalists, left the small town of Concord for the country. Beside the lake of Walden he built himself a log cabin and returned to nature, to observe and reflect – while surviving on eight dollars a year.
From this experience emerged Walden, one of the great classics of American literature, and a deeply personal reaction against the commercialism and materialism that Thoreau saw as the main impulses of mid-19th-century America. Here also is Civil Disobedience, Thoreau’s essay on just resistance to government, which not only challenged the establishment of his day but has been used as a flag for later campaigners from Mahatma Ghandi to Dr Martin Luther King.
Henry David Thoreau An Excursion to Canada is a remarkable work by Thoreau, very different from his other works. Here he becomes an American traveler who shows far greater respect for America than Canada, while explaining the details of the chasm between the Church (Black) and the soldiers (Red) in Quebec that Stendhal pointed out in The Red and the Black in France. Thoreau falls into the American trap of blaming French Canadians for not speaking English in their native province of Quebec but places no criticism upon himself for not speaking French. He has much criticism of the Quebecois Canadians and gets into the ongoing British-America versus French-America controversies alive today. As a great naturalist and surveyor, as well as botanist, he paints an especially vivid picture of the St. Lawrence River and embankment. Something like DeTocqueville's Democracy in America, but here Canada is the country under the microscope. Canadians and Americans should listen to this, as well as anyone interested in Thoreau.
Henry David Thoreau Walden, by Henry David Thoreau, is a personal narrative about Thoreau's solitary living experience near Walden Pond in Massachusetts. Starting with the building of his cabin by the pond in 1845, Thoreau recounts his experience away from society and city life. Thoreau spends his time growing beans for money while appreciating the beautiful wilderness around him. Although he lives a solitary life for nearly two years, Thoreau explains that he does not feel as isolated as one might think.
He encounters several different animals, and he studies each of them in an effort to gain a deeper understanding of the meaning of life and survival. From the birds that watch him in the trees to the fish in the pond, Thoreau believes that each creature has a lesson to teach. The sound of the train on the tracks near the pond reminds him that society and technology are a stone's throw away, and the noises lead him to contemplate the benefits of living away from the constant pressures of social interactions and expectations. This philosophical narrative includes a sprinkle of humor, but the main focus is on living life to the fullest and on appreciating the world outside material needs.
In the final chapter of this book, you'll find an essay titled "On the Duty of Civil Disobedience", in which Thoreau contends that people should not allow the government to control or limit their principals, and it's an individual's duty to stand up to and not comply with such attempts by the government. Thoreau was mainly inspired to write this piece due to his disgust with slavery and the Mexican-American War.
Henry David Thoreau Faith in a Seed contains the hitherto unpublished work "The Dispersion of Seeds", one of Henry D. Thoreau's last important research and writing projects, and now his first new book to appear in 125 years.
With the remarkable clarity and grace that characterize all of his writings, Thoreau describes the ecological succession of plant species through seed dispersal. "The Dispersion of Seeds," which draws on Charles Darwin's theory of natural selection, refutes the then widely accepted theory that some plants spring spontaneously to life, independent of roots, cuttings, or seeds.
As Thoreau wrote: "Though I do not believe a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed. Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders." Henry D. Thoreau's Faith in a Seed, was first published in hardcover in 1993 by Island Press under the Shearwater Books imprint, which unifies scientific views of nature with humanistic ones. This important work, the first publication of Thoreau's last manuscript, is now available in paperback.
Faith in a Seed contains Thoreau's last important research and writing project, "The Dispersion of Seeds," along with other natural history writings from late in his life. Edited by Bradley P. Dean, professor of English at East Carolina University and editor of the Thoreau Society Bulletin, these writings demonstrate how a major American author at the height of his career succeeded in making science and literature mutually enriching.
Henry David Thoreau A work by the great Henry David Thoreau, originally published in 1849 as "Resistance to Civil Government". It is an essay in which Thoreau argues that individuals should not permit governments to overrule or atrophy their consciences, and that they have a duty to avoid allowing such acquiescence to enable the government to make them the agents of injustice. Thoreau was motivated in part by his disgust with slavery and the Mexican-American War (1846-1848).
Henry David Thoreau Compiled from magazine articles published in the 1850s after his death, Cape Cod details several short trips Thoreau made to "the bare and bended arm of Massachusetts" between 1849 and 1855. "He went to the Cape out of curiosity," explains Paul Theroux, "but in the course of his travel a great thing happened: Thoreau, the woodsman and landlubber, discovered the sea." Encounters with the ocean dominate the book, from the fatal shipwreck of the opening episode to the late reflections on the Pilgrims' Cape Cod landing and reconnaissance. Along the way, Thoreau relates the experiences of fishermen and oystermen, lighthouse keepers and ship captains, and their chronicles of exploration, settlement, and survival on the Cape against the threats of the wild sea and of encroaching modernity.
Henry David Thoreau First published in 1849, this essay argues that individuals have rights and duties in relation to their government. Motivated by his disgust over both slavery and the Mexican-American War, Thoreau argued that individuals must not permit nor enable their government to act against their own consciences. This version of "On the Duty of Civil Disobedience" was recorded as part of Dreamscape's Walden and On the Duty of Civil Disobedience.
Henry David Thoreau Eines jener Bücher, die die Welt verändern: Thoreaus Essay "Über die Pflicht zum Ungehorsam gegen den Staat", den er 1849 aus Protest gegen die amerikanische Eroberungs- und Sklavenpolitik veröffentlichte. Nicht so sehr ein Pamphlet als schlicht große Poesie.
Henry David Thoreau Narrated by award winning narrator Mike Vendetti, Henry David argues that individuals should not permit governments to overrule or atrophy their consciences, and that they have a duty to avoid allowing such acquiescence to enable the government to make them the agents of injustice. Thoreau was motivated in part by his disgust with slavery and the Mexican-American War.
Henry David Thoreau La Désobéissance civile est un essai de Henry David Thoreau publié en 1849. Thoreau écrit sur le thème de la désobéissance civile en se fondant sur son expérience personnelle. En juillet 1846, il est emprisonné pour n'avoir pas, volontairement payé un impôt à l'état américain. Par ce geste, il entendait protester contre l'esclavage, qui régnait alors dans le Sud, et la guerre contre le Mexique. Texte fondateur, qui inspirera aussi la démarche non violente du Mahatma Gandhi.
Henry David Thoreau Wo und wofür lebe ich? Thoreau suchte eine Antwort auf diese Frage und zog sich für zwei Jahre in eine selbstgebaute Blockhütte auf dem Waldstück seines Freundes Ralph Waldo Emerson am Walden-See zurück. Walden oder Leben in den Wäldern ist das Buch dieses Experiments. Thoreau zeigt darin, dass der Weg zu sich selbst bei den einfachen Dingen und einer gelasseneren Gangart beginnt. Kunstvoller Essay und erzählende Prosa in einem, von einer sprachlichen Unmittelbarkeit wie das Tagebuch, aus dem es entstand, ist Walden eine höchst vergnügliche Lektüre und ein veritables Handbuch des Glücks. Burghart Klaußner, zuletzt zum Sprecher des Jahres 2010 gekürt, liest die schönsten Stellen aus diesem Klassiker der Lebenskunst.
Henry David Thoreau La résistance et la désobéissance civile ? Un sujet toujours d'actualité. De nos jours, les Indignés, les Anonymous, les Zadistes et tant d'autres citoyens engagés et parfois révoltés veulent exprimer leurs convictions citoyennes en s'affranchissant des traditionnels relais politiques, dans un désir de démocratie directe engagée.
Tous ces collectifs engagés sont des descendants spirituels de La désobéissance civile, un essai de Henry David Thoreau publié en 1849. Thoreau écrit sur le thème de la désobéissance civile en se fondant sur son expérience personnelle. En juillet 1846, il est emprisonné pour n'avoir pas, volontairement, payé un impôt à l'État américain. D'après lui, l'Etat ne représentait pas ses convictions : notamment en faisant la guerre contre le Mexique et en soutenant à l'époque l'esclavage, dans les Etats du Sud. Il ne passe qu'une nuit en prison, car son entourage paie la caution, ce qui le rend furieux.
Avec le Discours de la servitude volontaire d'Étienne de La Boétie, La désobéissance civile est un ouvrage fondateur du concept de désobéissance civile. "Le gouvernement le meilleur est celui qui gouverne le moins", voilà la citation la plus représentative de la pensée d'Henry Thoreau. Les citoyens doivent-ils obéir à des décisions que tout désigne comme des "lois injustes" ? Nombreux sont les grands penseurs et les mouvements de citoyens à avoir répondu "non". Ce "non" est à l'origine de la désobéissance civile qui encourage à refuser d'obéir à une loi injuste et à chercher à changer cette loi par des moyens non-violents. Pratiquement tous les philosophes politiques ont proclamé que les lois injustes n'étaient pas contraignantes et ont prôné. Parmi eux, citons saint Thomas d'Aquin, Mahatma Gandhi et Martin Luther King Jr. Cette idée était déjà présente chez saint Augustin quand il déclarait qu'"une loi injuste n'avait rien d'une loi".
Henry David Thoreau "Nel corso della mia vita ho incontrato una o due persone che comprendessero l'arte del camminare, che avessero il genio - così si dice - del vagabondare."
Dario Penne, storica voce di Anthony Hopkins e Michael Caine, ci accompagna con la sua lettura nei boschi, nelle valli, nelle paludi, ma soprattutto nel pensiero folgorante e rivoluzionario di Henry David Thoreau.
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Henry David Thoreau Henry David Thoreau : auteur incontournable pour qui se pose la question de la vie juste. Poète et philosophe américain, partisan de l'abolition de l'esclavage, défenseur de la désobéissance civile face à un gouvernement corrompu, Thoreau est aussi précurseur du mouvement de la simplicité volontaire. Walden ou la vie dans les bois fut écrit dans une cabane qu'il avait lui-même construite au fond de la forêt, et où il redécouvrit la vie en communion avec la nature. On y trouve des réflexions fondamentales sur la vie en conscience, la nécessité de reconnaître et d'abandonner l'illusoire pour mieux vivre l'essentiel, et ce qui fait la vie juste pour qui est capable de s'y consacrer pleinement. Les idées politiques de Thoreau inspirèrent des figures majeures de l'Histoire, de Martin Luther King à Gandhi, en passant par Léon Tolstoï.
Ces 100 citations vous familiariseront avec sa pensée, pour vous permettre d'approcher l'essence de sa philosophie, de mieux comprendre le devoir moral d'un citoyen, et de mieux apprécier une vie débarrassée de ses illusions parasites.
Henry David Thoreau In 1839, two years after graduating from Harvard, Henry David Thoreau and his older brother, John, took a boat-and-hiking trip from Concord, Massachusetts, to the White Mountains of New Hampshire. After John's sudden death in 1842, Thoreau began to prepare a memorial account of their excursion during his stay at Walden Pond. Modern listeners have come to see Thoreau's story of the river journey as an appropriate predecessor to Walden, depicting the early years of his spiritual and artistic growth.
Henry David Thoreau En 1845, Henry David Thoreau part vivre dans une cabane construite de ses propres mains, au bord de l'étang de Walden, dans le Massachusetts. Là, au fond des bois, il mène pendant deux ans une vie frugale et autarcique, qui lui laisse tout le loisir de méditer sur le sens de l'existence, la société et le rapport des êtres humains à la Nature. Une réflexion sereine qui montre qu'il faut s'abstraire du monde et de ses désirs pour devenir réellement soi-même. Walden est un monument de l'histoire littéraire américaine à l'immense postérité.
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