Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Henry David Thoreau (12/7/1817 -6/5/62) - A natural aristocracy of thought

 Henry David Thoreau (American author, poet,  philosopher,abolitionist,  naturalist and transcendentalist)

Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations. Books, the oldest and the best, stand naturally and rightfully on the shelves of every cottage. They have no cause of their own to plead, but while they enlighten and sustain the reader his common sense will not refuse them. Their authors are a natural and irresistible aristocracy in every society, and more than kings or emperors, exert an influence on mankind.'

From, Walden ( 1854 ) incidentally one of my favourite books


  1. what page did you find this quote on in walden?

  2. am not sure, to be quite honest..in library at moment, but will check later at home, in my onwn personal vault regards.