Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) wrote an essay entitled ‘Where I Lived, and What I Lived For’
He was born in Massachusetts, America, in 1817. He was a writer and poet and a friend of Ralph Waldo Emerson, who was the leading figure in a group of thinkers known as the Transcendentalists. At one stage in his life Thoreau lived in a solitary log cabin in the woods for some two years. The essay ‘Where I Lived and What I Lived For’ is an account of that time. Here are some extracts:
There are nowadays professors of philosophy, but not philosophers. Yet it is admirable to profess because it was once admirable to live. To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity, and trust. It is to solve some of the problems of life, not only theoretically, but practically. The success of great scholars and thinkers is commonly a courtier-like success, not kingly, not manly.