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by Henry David Thoreau

Walden Technology and Modernization Quotes

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Quote #1

[Man] has no time to be anything but a machine. (Economy.6)

Technology has a way of dehumanizing the people who use it. Thoreau would probably say that nature, on the other hand, makes us more human.

Quote #2

Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. (Economy.72)

What would Thoreau have made of the pretty toys we call iPhones?

Quote #3

Men think that it is essential that the Nation have commerce, and export ice, and talk through a telegraph, and ride thirty miles an hour, without a doubt, whether they do or not; but whether we should live like baboons or like men, is a little uncertain. (Where I Lived.17)

Thoreau questions our priorities. Should we really be spending our lives trying to ride a zippy at thirty miles an hour, or should we instead turn to the real tough questions about life?

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