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Solitude I find it wholesome to be alone the greater part of the time To be in company even with the best is soon wearisome and dissipating I love to be alone I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude -Henry David Thoreau Transcendentalism according to www Dictionarycom means a literary and philosophical movement associated with Ralph Waldo Emerson and Margaret Fuller asserting the existence of an ideal spiritual reality that transcends the empirical and scientific and is knowable through intuition Transcendentalists believed that there is knowledge beyond what humans can see hear feel smell touch and taste Their theories were based on the philosophy of German philosopher Immanuel Kant One of the theories they believed was the idea of solitude It was an important theme to Emerson and Thoreau and both practiced and wrote about the importance of solitude in every persons life Thoreau stayed in Staten Island for one year to tutor Ralph Waldo Emersons children and when he returned from this experience he built a small cottage on Emersons estate next to Walden Pond He lived in this cottage for two years in complete solitude Thoreau thought of solitude as necessary to every person He demonstrates how necessary he thinks of solitude in this quotation It is easy to live in the world after the worlds opinion it is easy in solitude to live after your own but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude -Henry David Thoreau Thoreau is saying that every man can live by the world or by himself but his idea of a great man is he who can balance out the two During Thoreaus two year stay at Walden he wrote a book that today is considered a classic To him it was a journal To the world it is a collection of ideas that many havent even fathomed
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