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This excerpt is from his famous essay On the Duty of Civil Disobedience First some background in 1842 his brother John died of lockjaw Three years later Henry decided to write a book commemorating a canoe trip he had taken with John in 1839 Seeking a quiet place to write he followed a friends suggestion and built a small cabin on the north shore of Walden Pond on a piece of land owned by his friend and mentor Ralph Waldo Emerson He started work on his cabin in March of 1845 On the 4th of July he moved in Thus began one of the great and lasting experiments in life and thought of the whole of human experience I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately to front only the essential facts of life and see if I could not learn what it had to teach and not when I came to die discover that I had not lived Thoreau otherwise filled his time by working in his garden talking with visitors reading and writing in his diary But most of all he walked and thought and its difficult to tell now which was the more important activity It seems that in his two years living in his little cabin in the woods he brought himself to a state of conscious living where thought and action were harmoniously combined This story is about his rejection of the worlds definition of success and so he demanded a life of personal freedom He went to the woods built a humble cabin on the edge of Walden Pond Concord Massachusettsand learned about nature and life He rejected the Establishment and all its trappings He saw such possessions as fancy clothes and elaborate furniture as so much extra baggage He demanded a fresh uncluttered existence with time for self-exploration He would he told the world breathe after his own fashion All aspects of life for Thoreau
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