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"Civil Disobedience" is not a novel [which is a work of fiction], but a political tract/essay of enormous influence.I am reading the novel of Walden Thoreau " Civil Disobedience". Could you please tell me the meaning of these quotes.
" I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude. We are for the most part more lonely when we go abroad among men than than when we stay in our chambers." Thoreau is saying that in his view people are lonelier in a crowd than they can be on their own, as the others in the crowd will have their own concerns and not be interested in those of others. He personally preferred to be alone.
"Be a Columbus to whole new continents and worlds within you, opening new channels not of trade, but of thought.......Patriotism is a maggot in their heads." Explore the world of philosophy and its related disciplines - metaphorically treating them as new and unknown countries.
Every man is the lord of a realm beside which the earthly empire of the Czar is but a petty state, a hummock left by the ice.Yet some can be patriotic who have no self-respect, and sacrifice the greater to the less. They love the soil which makes their graves, but have no sympathy with the spirit which may still animate their clay. Patriotism is a maggot in their heads
In those who are patriotic without understanding the nature of their own beings, Patriotism is like a maggot eating away in their brains.
"Most of the luxuries, and many of the so-called comforts of life, are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind." We can do without luxury - it prevents us from becoming better people.
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