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Quote #1

I had this advantage, at least, in my mode of life, over those who were obliged to look abroad for amusement, to society and the theater, that my life itself was become my amusement and never ceased to be novel. (Sounds.3)

Who needs Perez Hilton? Thoreau is his own best entertainment.

Quote #2

I am no more lonely than a single mullein or dandelion in a pasture, or a bean leaf, or sorrel, or a horse-fly, or a bumble-bee. (Solitude.15)

Thoreau doesn't feel alone in nature. He's as much a part of its world as a leaf or a flower.

Quote #3

Not till we are lost, in other words, not till we have lost the world, do we begin to find ourselves, and realize where we are and the infinite extent of our relations. (Village.2)

Our author feels that he has to abandon "the world," including human society, in order to discover himself. Do you agree? Can we find ourselves without abandoning everything else?

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