"A gun gives you the body, not the bird."
by:
Henry David Thoreau
(1817-1862) American author, poet, philosopher, polymath, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, historian, and transcendentalist
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Maybe it was the times ... or maybe it's just me, but I'm having a hard time understanding Monsieur Thoreau's thinking re: guns - bodies - and birds.
 -- Bobble, North Ferrisburgh, VT     
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    WE MAY NOT HAVE PHILOSOPHERS LIKE 19TH AND 20TH CENT ONES.
     -- dr hamid ibrahim, KUALA LUMPUR     
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    ahh yes, the tangible vs. the intangible; the physical vs. the spirit; somatic cooperation vs. intellect, etc.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Very simply, applied to slavery vs freedom, physical vs spirit. Spoken by a abolitionist, naturalist and tax resister.
     -- Ronw13, Oregon     
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    It means, don't count your chickens before they're hatched! ;-) But with no gun, for sure there will be no bird (metaphorically speaking...)
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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