“I had not been there a week before my feet wore a path from my door to the pond side.” – Henry David Thoreau, Walden
This quote means he walked from the hut to the pond side so many times, it begin to “wear a path”. It represents the belief that everything we know about nature can connect us to the afterlife. He keeps traveling the same path from his home to the pond.
“However mean your life is, meet it and live it; do not shun it and call it hard names. It is not so bad as you are. It looks poorest when you are richest. The fault finder will find faults even in paradise. Love your life, poor as it is. You may perhaps have some pleasant, thrilling, glorious hours, even in a poor house.” – Henry David Thoreau, Walden
This quote means to live your life the best you can and not value it any less because you are poor or unable to do things. If you live according to your faults, you will be unhappy anywhere you go. It represents the belief of self-reliance and individualism because even if you are going through something rough, if you try hard enough to succeed you will.
"There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide." – Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance
This quote is saying that pretending to be something you are not literally kills your character. It represents self- reliance and individualism because you can work hard to get where you want to be instead of envying someone who is ahead.
“Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance
This quote literally means trust yourself. It represents the belief of spontaneous feelings. If you go with your intuition you can be content with the things you do.
"Superfluous wealth can buy superfluities only. Money is not required to buy one necessary of the soul."- Henry David Thoreau, Walden
This quote is saying that the most important things in life (the things that your soul needs) like love, friendship, and happiness are free. It relates to the belief of self-reliance because if you rely too much on money instead of yourself or interpersonal relationships you will eventually be unhappy.
“Society is a joint-stock company, in which the members agree, for the better securing of his bread to each shareholder, to surrender the liberty and culture of the eater.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance
This quote is saying when one bad thing happens, it affects all of society, and vice versa with a good thing happening. It relates to the belief of nature.
“The life in us is like the water in the river. It may rise this year higher than man has ever known it, and flood the parched uplands.” – Henry David Thoreau, Walden
This quote means to change it has to start with yourself, nothing will come from simply complaining. This quote relates to the self-reliance because if we rely on ourselves to start change, others might join in.
“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”- Henry David Thoreau, Walden
This quote is saying in order to be successful, individuals must listen to their own voice. It relates to the belief that spontaneous feelings and intuition are superior.
“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.” – Henry David Thoreau,
This quote means if the man is walking to the beat of a different drum, he is marching to his own beat and not following the crowd. This relates to the belief of individualism, because he is doing his own thing.