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<title>HM 924: Walden</title>



<p>This is a transcription of the Walden Manuscripts at the Huntington Library</p>



<p>Information about the source</p>





<handNote xml:id=”hn_edit”>Editorial elements, frequently written in the margins. Unlikely to be Thoreau’s


<handNote xml:id=”hn_page”>Page numbering which has been added throughout the document. Likely added in the 20th

century, these probably correspond to the first edition.</handNote>





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<line>Has learned to read only what is for</line>

<line>children and feeble intellects. We should</line>

<line>be as good as the worthies of antiquity,</line>

<line>but partly by first knowing how</line>

<line>good they were. We are a race of</line>

<line>titmen, but soar but little higher in</line>

<line>our intellecutal flights than the</line>

<line>columns of the daily paper.</line>


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<line>There are words adressed to our</line>

<line>condition <add place=”above”>exactly</add>, which, if we could <add place=”above”> really</add> hear</line>

<line>and understand would be as salutary</line>

<line>as the morning or the spring to our</line>

<line>lives, and possibly put a new as-</line>

<line>pect on the face of things <add place=”above”> for us</add>. How</line>

<line>many a man has dated a new</line>

<line>era in his life <del rendition=”strikethrough”> or a second birth as it were </del></line>

<line><del rendition=”strikethrough”> as it were</del> from the reading of</line>

<line>a book. The book exists for us</line>

<line><add place=”above”> perchance</add> which will explain our miracles</line>

<line>and reveal new ones. The at present</line>

<line>unutterable things we <add place=”above”> may</add> <del rendition=”strikethrough”> would</del> find</line>

<line>somewhere uttered. <del rendition=”strikethrough”> moreover with </del></line>

<line><del rendition=”strikethrough”> wisdom we shall learn liberality </del></line>

<line>These same questions that disturb</line>

<line>and puzzle and confound us have in</line>

<line>their turn occurred to all the wise</line>

<line>men not one has been omitted</line>

<line>and each has answered them ac-</line>

<line>cording to his ability,</line>



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