"The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation."
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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Walden (1854)
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I don't have personal knowledge of that mass but, within my censorial circle, the number is growing.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Desperation is what causes men to seek other men to save them from it.
     -- Anon     
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    And when quiet desperation becomes "nothing left to lose"....What then? We're definately heading in that direction too. The Bankers and Obama won't rest until we're destitute.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    HDT you are giving the mass of men to much credit.
     -- RBESRQ     
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    Classic.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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     -- jim k, Austin      
    Skeptical. It is interesting when people side with, as even I do when an observation is true, made by an individual today I would describe narrow minded, Thoreau, transcendentalist as the term is applied to their movement. Anti-intellectual enlightenment. Cities in the northeast even then, overrun with people dependent upon another for their own survival. I suspect that is the mass he refers to. Liberty denied always creates desperation.
     -- Ronw13, Yachats Or     
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     -- Warrdoc, Elk Grove,      
     
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