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Quotes of the Day for 12 July 2001 – Henry David Thoreau

The sage of Walden Pond was born on this day in 1817 at Concord, Massachusetts. Henry David Thoreau wasn't exactly an anarchist, but he wanted nothing to do with government - either to regulate his life or to regulate the lives of others. Here are a few of his insights.

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The quotes:

Our houses are such unwieldy property that we are often imprisoned rather than housed by them.

None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.

What is called genius is the abundance of life and health.

When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.

We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aid, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn.
     - All today's quotes are from Henry David Thoreau, 1817 - 1862

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