The Green Thoreau Down

“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.” – Walden

New World Library recently published a wonderful book, “The Green Thoreau: America’s First Environmentalist on Technology, Possessions, Livelihood, and More”, edited by Carol Spenard LaRusso. As you would suspect, it’s a lovely reader that I’ve taken great pleasure thumbing through, reading aloud from, and contemplating on. However I know what you’re thinking, cocky and/or jaded reader. “I own and/or read ‘Walden’. What else is there?” And it’s because of you, that I’m going to Thoreau down. (It’s like throw down, get it?) I’m about to present to you five, 100% bad ass quotes from Thoreau, and NONE of them are from “Walden”.

A man cannot be said to succeed in this life who does not satisfy one friend. – Journal, February 19, 1857

The fate of the country…does not depend on what kind of paper you drop into the ballot-box once a year, but on what kind of man you drop from your chamber into the street every morning. – Slavery in Massachusetts

That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest. – Journal, March 11, 1856

Nothing can be more useful to a man than a determination not to be hurried. – Journal, March 22, 1842

The law will never make men free; it is men who have got to make the law free. They are the lovers of law and order, who observe the law when the government breaks it. – Slavery in Massachusetts

And that, my friends, is just a taste of some of the awesome to be found in “The Green Thoreau”. It pulls from 5 books, 7 essays, and 3 collections of journals and letters. It offers us a glimpse at a Thoreau outside of “Walden”, but it does also have some fantastic quotes from “Walden” as well. There may have never been a more perfect time for “The Green Thoreau”, consider adding it to your fall reading.