Henry David Thoreau quote about life from Civil Disobedience - I came into this world, not chiefly to make this a good place to live in, but to live in it, be it good or bad.
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I came into this world, not chiefly to make this a good place to live in, but to live in it, be it good or bad.
 Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience (1849). copy citation

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Author Henry David Thoreau
Source Civil Disobedience
Topic life evil good
Date 1849
Language English
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Weblink http://www.gutenberg.org/files/71/71-h/71-h.htm

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“What I have to do is to see, at any rate, that I do not lend myself to the wrong which I condemn.
As for adopting the ways which the State has provided for remedying the evil, I know not of such ways. They take too much time, and a man's life will be gone. I have other affairs to attend to. I came into this world, not chiefly to make this a good place to live in, but to live in it, be it good or bad. A man has not every thing to do, but something; and because he cannot do every thing, it is not necessary that he should do something wrong. It is not my business to be petitioning the Governor or the Legislature any more than it is theirs to petition me; and, if they should not hear my petition, what should I do then?” source

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