I went to the store the other day to buy a bolt for our front door, for, as I told the storekeeper, the governor was coming here. "Aye," said he, "and the legislature too." "Then I will take two bolts," said I.

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Henry David Thoreau (see name pronunciation; July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862) was an American essayist, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, and historian. A leading transcendentalist, Thoreau is best known for his book Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, and his essay "Civil Disobedience" (originally published as "Resistance to Civil Government"), an argument for disobedience to an unjust state.

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