Kibin does not guarantee the accuracy, timeliness, or completeness of the essays in the library; essay content should not be construed as advice. It is an idling down on a plain at the base of a mountain instead of climbing steadily to its top.
Of course, you will be glad of all the society you can get to go up with. This sort of tit-for-tat between his two hands, bandying to and fro a leaden subject, seems to have been his symbol for society. 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.
At this period the young Thoreau came into constant contact with many persons resident or visiting there, full of the courage, the happiness, and the hope given by thoughts of a freer, nobler relation to God, and simpler and more humane ones to man.
His simple, direct speech and look and bearing were such that no plain, common man would put him down in his books as a fool, or visionary, or helpless, as the scholar, writer, or reformer would often be regarded by him. There are various, nay, incredible faiths; why should we be alarmed at any of them?