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and Other Natural History Essays

Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau
American Writer

Whip-Poor-Will
Stems

Asa Gray
Asa Gray
American Botanist, Friend of Darwin

New England Beyond Criticism
New England Beyond Criticism
In Defense of Americas First Literature
Walden
Walden

Thumbing Through Thoreau
Thumbing Through Thoreau
A Book of Quotations by Henry David Thoreau

On The Study Of Words by Richard C. Trench
On The Study Of Words
by Richard C. Trench

Thoreau the Land Surveyor
Thoreau the Land Surveyor

Walden
Walden
Kindle Edition


Walden, or Life in the Woods Poster
Walden, or Life in the Woods

Poster


Kindle
Kindle
6" Display, U.S. & International Wireless



         
There is, no doubt, a perfect analogy between the life of the human being and that of the vegetable, both of the body and the mind.

The botanist (Asa) Gray says : "The organs of plants are of two sorts -

1. Those of Vegetation, which are concerned in growth - by which the plant takes in the aerial and earthy matters on which it lives, and elaborates them into the materials of its own organized substance;

2. Those of Fructification or Reproduction, which are concerned withthe propagation of the species."




So is it with the human being. I am concerned first to come to my Growth, intellectually and morally (and physically, of course, as a means to this, for the body is the symbol of the soul), and then to bear my Fruit, do my Work, propagate my kind, not only physically but morally, not only in body but in mind.

"The organs of vegetation are the Root, Stem, and Leaves. The Stem is the axis and original basis of the plant. The first point of the stem preexists in the embryo (i. e. in the rudimentary plantlet contained within the seed): it is here called the radicle."

Such is the rudiment of mind, already partially developed, more than a bud, but pale, having never been exposed to the light, and slumbering coiled up, packed away in the seed, unfolded.


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