People live lives of quiet desperation

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Quote by Henry David Thoreau: “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation...”

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Lives of Quiet Desperation

But what did Henry David Thoreau mean by his famous observation, "Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them"?

On lives of quiet desperation by Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau 12 July — 6 May was an American essayist , poet , philosopher , abolitionist , naturalist , tax resister , development critic , surveyor , and historian. A leading transcendentalist , Thoreau is best known for his book Walden , a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, and his essay Resistance to Civil Government also known as Civil Disobedience , an argument for disobedience to an unjust state. Main article: Civil Disobedience Thoreau. Disputed [ edit ] What lies before us and what lies behind us are small matters compared to what lies within us. And when we bring what is within out into the world, miracles happen. Pathak, Alan Escovitz, and Suzan Kucukarslan, p. Misattributed [ edit ] Truths and roses have thorns about them.

We think these things will make us happy. Thoreau argues that the value we attach to possessions and status is misplaced. To him, happiness lies instead in a simple life stripped to the essentials. To find it, we must shed our false values and live austerely, with no luxury and only meager comforts. Thoreau attempted to do just that in his minimalist excursion at Walden Pond. We lead lives of quiet desperation when we resign ourselves to dissatisfaction. Quiet desperation is acceptance of—and surrendering to—circumstances.

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