Henry David ThoreauHenry David Thoreau, (1817-1862) American author, poet, philosopher, polymath, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, historian, and transcendentalist

Henry David Thoreau Quote

“The universe seems bankrupt as soon as we begin to discuss the characters of individuals.”

Henry David ThoreauHenry David Thoreau
~ Henry David Thoreau

Ratings and Comments

Mike, Norwalk

Too accurate, too often.

E Archer, NYC

Since no one is perfect, in a republican government, powers are distributed so that the impact of errors is reduced. That is why the basis of republican government is personal responsibility -- none are wise enough to command the rest. So we keep a live and let live approach to life. We don't need government to provide anything to us -- we only need government to administrate, not dictate. The 'laws' are for the government to obey, not to dictate to the populace. In a sense, we are ALL a bit bankrupt in our characters -- another reason to live and let live. Self-righteousness is far more hurtful and abusive towards others.

Felipe, São Paulo

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