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I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life... I wanted to live so sturdily and so Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life... to drive life into a corner to know it by experience and be able to give an account of it in my next excursion.  - Henry David Thoreau
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His motto according to Littell's Living Age, Volume 120 (T. H. Carter & Company, 1874) by Eliakim Littell and Robert S. Littell, p. 649: "Sobriety, severity, and self-respect, foundation of all true sociality, are his motto."

Henry David Thoreau
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Born: July 12, 1817

Died: May 6, 1862 (aged 44)

Nationality: American

Occupation: Author

Bio: Henry David Thoreau was an American author, poet, philosopher, freemason, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, historian, and leading transcendentalist.

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