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HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics.“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. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world; or if it were sublime, to know it by experience, and be able to give a true account of it in my next excursion. ”– Henry David Thoreau, Walden
On the Duty of Civil Disobedience, called Civil Disobedience for short, is an essay by American transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau that was first published in 1849. In it, Thoreau argues that individuals should not permit governments to overrule or atrophy their consciences, and that they have a duty to avoid allowing such acquiescence to enable the government to make them the agents of injustice. Thoreau was motivated in part by his disgust with slavery and the Mexican–American War (1846–1848). Famous essay of the author Henry David Thoreau: «„The Service“», «„A Walk to Wachusett“», «„Paradise (to be) Regained“», «„Sir Walter Raleigh“», «„Herald of Freedom“», «„Wendell Phillips Before the Concord Lyceum“», «„Reform and the Reformers“», Thomas Carlyle and His Works, Resistance to Civil Government (Civil Disobedience), «„Slavery in Massachusetts“», A Plea for Captain John Brown, The Last Days of John Brown, «„Walking“», «„Life Without Principle“», Excursions anthology.