"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
(1817-1862) American author, poet, philosopher, polymath, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, historian, and transcendentalist
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A true hero even for his simple times. Tolerance is something nearly totally lacking in this hi-jacked republic at this time. The media circus over a woman who clearly wrote she wanted to pass is evidence of this nonsense that is pervasive in our once free culture.
 -- daigu, sillycon valley     
    Shades of John F. Kennedy! And so it should ever be.
     -- John-Douglas, Nassau     
    A perennial favorite - eloquently expressed, with a broad base of applicability.
     -- Bumblebee, Boise, ID     
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    From a man I admire so much...Thoreau understood life so well and this is just one instance where he shows it!
     -- Philip, Indianapolis, IN     
    amazing fabulous!
     -- ???, ???     
    A great quote. Considering the events of the last little while, it appears by MSM imagery and government representations, most the nation is goose stepping in harmony with "Progressive" chaos and destruction. There is a cadence of liberty playing far away by a different drummer. My choice is to step to that distant music.

     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Great comment Mike.
     -- jim k, Austin     
    Isn't this the essence of true liberalism?  It rings true because it is true.  People associate more due to rhythm and tempo than appearances.  It's the difference between being authentic and putting on an act.  Liberty is not having to put on an act.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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