An argument against the universality of thoreaus statement to be awake is to be alive

But I was at the same time conscious of a slight insanity in my mood, and seemed to foresee my recovery. Law never made men a whit more just; and, by means of their respect for it, even the well-disposed are daily made the agents of injustice. His genius was only an enlarged common sense. Through the rest of the chapter, he focuses his thoughts on the varieties of animal life — mice, phoebes, raccoons, woodchucks, turtle doves, red squirrels, ants, loons, and others — that parade before him at Walden. And he wrote about solitude, throwing his word-ropes to others again and again, because he did not want to be alone but often felt most isolated in the presence of people. This man seemed to me to lean over the cornice, and timidly whisper his half truth to the rude occupants who really knew it better than he. He was born during a period of rapid changes in the United States. Most of the luxuries, and many of the so-called comforts of life, are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind. Answer me these questions, and then perhaps I may look at your bawbles and find them ornamental.

Harding, Walter. I built the chimney after my hoeing in the fall, before a fire became necessary for warmth, doing my cooking in the mean while out of doors on the ground, early in the morning: which mode I still think is in some respects more convenient and agreeable than the usual one.

The only obligation which I have a right to assume is to do at any time what I think right.

to be awake is to be alive meaning

Their authors are a natural and irresistible aristocracy in every society, and, more than kings or emperors, exert an influence on mankind. He died with the question unanswered. He is reporting his own dulled emotional response with the same unsettling candor that Emerson did when he wrote that the death of his son, Waldo, had touched him less than it should have.

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Door-sill there was none, but a perennial passage for the hens under the door board. Indeed, he wrote a paean to it, by suppressing the details of his inevitable sociability.

Refuse shingles for roof sides. We have a comparatively decent system of common schools, schools for infants only.

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Thoreau, Henry David