Henry David Thoreau quote about change from Walden - Old deeds for old people, and new deeds for new.
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Old deeds for old people, and new deeds for new.
 Henry David Thoreau, Walden (1854). copy citation

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Author Henry David Thoreau
Source Walden
Topic change innovation deeds
Date 1854
Language English
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Weblink https://www.gutenberg.org/files/205/205-h/205-h.htm

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“What everybody echoes or in silence passes by as true to-day may turn out to be falsehood to-morrow, mere smoke of opinion, which some had trusted for a cloud that would sprinkle fertilizing rain on their fields. What old people say you cannot do you try and find that you can. Old deeds for old people, and new deeds for new. Old people did not know enough once, perchance, to fetch fresh fuel to keep the fire a-going; new people put a little dry wood under a pot, and are whirled round the globe with the speed of birds, in a way to kill old people, as the phrase is.” source

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