Quote by Henry David Thoreau: “On the death of a friend, we should consider th...”
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.
When it's time to die, let us not discover that we have never lived. 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. On the death of a friend, we should consider that the fates through confidence have devolved on us the task of a double living, that we have henceforth to fulfill the promise of our friend's life also, in our own, to the world. Live your life, do your work, then take your hat. We are ever dying to one world and being born into another. Even trees do not die without a groan. Death is beautiful when seen to be a law, and not an accident.