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and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience

Henry David Thoreau


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I should not obtrude my affairs so much on the notice of my readers if very particular inquirieshad not been made by my townsmen concerning my mode of life, which some would callimpertinent, though they do not appear to me at all impertinent, but, considering the circumstances, very natural and pertinent. Some have asked what I got to eat; if I did not feel lonesome; if I was notafraid; and the like. Others have been curious to learn what portion of my income I devoted tocharitable purposes; and some, who have large families, how many poor children I maintained. I willtherefore ask those of my readers who feel no particular interest in me to pardon me if I undertaketo answer some of these questions in this book. In most books, the I, or first person, is omitted; inthis it will be retained; that, in respect to egotism, is the main difference. We commonly do notremember that it is, after all, always the first person that is speaking. I should not talk so much aboutmyself if there were anybody else whom I knew as well. Unfortunately, I am confined to this themeby the narrowness of my experience. Moreover, I, on my side, require of every writer, first or last, asimple and sincere account of his own life, and not merely what he has heard of other men's lives;some such account as he would send to his kindred from a distant land; for if he has lived sincerely, it must have been in a distant land to me. Perhaps these pages are more particularly addressed topoor students. As for the rest of my readers, they will accept such portions as apply to them. I trustthat none will stretch the seams in putting on the coat, for it may do good service to him whom it fits.

Independently Published, 9798594884045, 178pp.

Publication Date: January 15, 2021