Henry David Thoreau: Want of prudence

“Men do not fail commonly for want of knowledge, but for want of prudence to give wisdom the preference. What we need to know in any case is very simple.”

—Henry David Thoreau. 

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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.