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Author QuotedHenry David Thoreau
Title QuotedWalden or Life in the Woods
Date (Year/Month/Day)1950/12/08
Imprint[S.l.] : [s.n.]. 1854I
QuotationCompare the basic asceticism in Walden with that of St. John of the Crossagreement on the fundamental idea-not, of course, on the means or technique, except to some extent. Ascesis of solitude. Simplification of life. The separation of reality from illusion. "If we respected only what is inevitable, and has a right to be, music and poetry would resound along the streets."
Quotation SourceEntering the Silence: Becoming a Monk and Writer. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 2, 1941-1952.; Edited by Jonathan Montaldo. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1996, p. 446
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