Henry David Thoreau: One striking at the root

“There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root…” 

—Henry David Thoreau, Walden. 

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Henry David Thoreau: Reality

“Let us settle ourselves, and work and wedge our feet downward through the mud and slush of opinion, and prejudice, and tradition, and delusion, and appearance, that alluvion which covers the globe…till we come to a hard bottom and rocks in place, which we can call reality, and say, This is…”

—Henry David Thoreau, Walden.