We have changed our privacy policy. In addition, we use cookies on our website for various purposes. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. You can learn about our practices by reading our privacy policy.
© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.



by Henry David Thoreau

Walden Life, Consciousness, and Existence Quotes

How we cite our quotes: (Essay.Paragraph)

Quote #10

Why level downward to our dullest perception always, and praise this as common sense? The commonest sense is the sense of men asleep, which they express by snoring. (Conclusion.8)

Thoreau feels that too many of us live at the level of "dullest perception." We're stuck in the conventional, the normal. We may as well be asleep, if we don't question and challenge what everybody else considers to be "common sense."

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...