and Other Natural History Essays
Henry David Thoreau
American Botanist, Friend of Darwin
New England Beyond Criticism
In Defense of Americas First Literature
Thumbing Through Thoreau
A Book of Quotations by Henry David Thoreau
On The Study Of Words
by Richard C. Trench
Thoreau the Land Surveyor
Walden, or Life in the Woods
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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.
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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