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Walking

Henry David Thoreau

Book Overview: 

This essay appears, on the surface, to be simply expounding the qualities of Nature and man’s place therein. Through this medium he not only touches those subjects, but with the implications of such a respect for nature, or lack thereof.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . doubt, three little stones, where a stake had been driven, and looking nearer, I saw that the Prince of Darkness was his surveyor.

I can easily walk ten, fifteen, twenty, any number of miles, commencing at my own door, without going by any house, without crossing a road except where the fox and the mink do: first along by the river, and then the brook, and then the meadow and the woodside. There are square miles in my vicinity which have no inhabitant. From many a hill I can see civilization and the abodes of man afar. The farmers and their works are scarcely more obvious than woodchucks and their burrows. Man and his affairs, church and state and school, trade and commerce, and manufactures and agriculture even politics, the most alarming of them all—I am pleased to see how little space they occupy in the landscape. Politics is but a narrow field, and that still narrower highway yonder leads to it. I sometimes direct the traveler thither. If you would go. . . Read More

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I was surprised to find Thoreau's attitude somewhat... extremist (from what I had gathered about the author, I was already expecting, at least, a great deal of zeal). Thoreau's passion for walking and the natural world are evident throughout, possibly a revision of the wording at certain points in t

Could jogging count, perchance? I promise to keep my head facing west by south-west as I run in my daily circles...more

”I have met with but one or two persons in the course of my life who understood the art of Walking, that is, of taking walks—who had a genius, so to speak, for sauntering: which word is beautifully derived “from idle people who roved about the country, in the Middle Ages, and I asked charity, under

Özetle: Bitirince yürümek isteyeceksiniz.
Herhangi bir yere, varış noktası olmadan yürümek. Sakinleştirici etkisi yaratan bir kitap, okudukça "Neden kafamdaki gerekli gereksiz her şeyi bir kenara bırakıp sadece yürümüyorum?" dedim. Yazarın günlerce yürüdüğünü yazdığı kısım doğruysa tebrik ediyorum.

Thoreau finds nature a reflection of how we think. Leaving nature for civilisation is the first mistake we make.
I love everything he writes, and of course, this is more about nature than it is about walking, and more of who we are in nature.

"When sometimes I am reminded that the mechanics and shopkeepers stay in their shops not only all the forenoon, but all the afternoon too, sitting with crossed legs, so many of them -- as if the legs were made to sit upon, and not to stand or walk upon -- I think that they deserve some credit for no

I recently read an article that said Thoreau lived about a mile and a half from his family home for his hermitage. So he wasn't far from civilization during his time in Walden woods. He also had lots of visitors. So here's my point, the beginning of this book says that Henry David Thoreau walked 30

This essay by Henry David Thoreau is about the author's joy in living in nature and in the present. Walking is a short read and nicely encapsulates many of Thoreau's themes from Walden Pond and his other works. Nowadays almost all man's improvements, so called, as the building of houses and the cut

Como nunca tinha lido Thoreau e tinha este PDF à mão - que até é uma coisita pequena - decidi experimentar este autor de quem há muito ouvia falar. O que não estava à espera é que fosse, literalmente, um livro sobre caminhadas. Daí não viria nenhum mal; já há alguns anos que sou adepta de caminhadas

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