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Thoreau, Henry D - Walden - Perhaps he hears a different drummer

Identifier

001850

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

A description of the experience

Henry D. Thoreau - Walden

Some are dinning in our ears that we Americans and moderns generally, are intellectual dwarfs compared with the ancients, or even the Elizabethan men.

But what is that to the purpose?

A living dog is better than a dead lion. Shall a man go and hang himself because he belongs to the race of pygmies, and not be the biggest pygmy he can? Let every one mind his own business and endeavour to be what he was made.

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.

The source of the experience

Thoreau, Henry D

Concepts, symbols and science items

Symbols

Dog
Lion

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

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