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Walking by Henry David Thoreau

Walking (original 1861; edition 2011)

by Henry David Thoreau

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Authors:Henry David Thoreau
Info:CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2011), Paperback, 28 pages
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Tags:non-fiction, memoir, read 2012, travel

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Walking by Henry David Thoreau (1861)



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Although I found Thoreau to be egotistical and a bit eccentric, I think that nature that is undisturbed by humans is interesting to see. Most of us do not have the time or easy access to his suggested walking environment. I weakly recommend this essay. ( )
  GlennBell | Mar 12, 2017 |
Not really about walking so much as a celebration of nature and its glorious role in/inspiration of manifest destiny. Meh. ( )
  KatrinkaV | Nov 14, 2016 |
Best thing he ever wrote; probably the greatest essay by any of the Transcendentalists. Its greatest paragraph: "My desire for knowledge is intermittent, but my desire to bathe my head in atmospheres unknown to my feet is perennial and constant. The highest that we can attain to is not Knowledge, but Sympathy with Intelligence. I do not know that this higher knowledge amounts to anything more definite than a novel and grand surprise on a sudden revelation of the insufficiency of all that we called Knowledge before—a discovery that there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamed of in our philosophy." ( )
  benjaminsiegel | Jul 30, 2016 |
An inspirational read. ( )
  Tifi | Jun 25, 2010 |
  living2read | May 20, 2008 |
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I wish to speak a word for Nature, for absolute freedom and wildness, as contrasted with a freedom and culture merely civil—to regard man as an inhabitant, or a part and parcel of Nature, rather than a member of society.
I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least—and it is commonly more than that—sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagements.
To use an obsolete Latin word, I might say, Ex Oriente lux; ex Occidente FRUX. From the East light; from the West fruit.
The West of which I speak is but another name for the Wild; and what I have been preparing to say is, that in Wildness is the preservation of the World.
A tanned skin is something more than respectable, and perhaps olive is a fitter color than white for a man—a denizen of the woods. "The pale white man!" I do not wonder that the African pitied him. Darwin the naturalist says, "A white man bathing by the side of a Tahitian was like a plant bleached by the gardener's art, compared with a fine, dark green one, growing vigorously in the open fields."
It requires a direct dispensation from Heaven to become a walker. You must be born into the family of the Walkers. Ambulator nascitur, non fit.
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Nowadays almost all man's improvements, so called, as the building of houses and the cutting down of the forest and of all large trees, simply deform the landscape, and make it more and more tame and cheap. A people who would begin by burning the fences and let the forest stand!

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A meandering ode to the simple act and accomplished art of taking a walk. Profound and humorous, companionable and curmudgeonly. Walking, by America's first nature writer, is your personal and portable guide to the activity that, like no other, awakens the senses and soul to the 'absolute freedom and wildness' of nature.… (more)

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