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Henry David Thoreau was born in 1817 in Concord, Massachusetts. He was an American writer, philosopher, abolitionist, and tax resister. In 1845 Thoreau built a small home on Walden Pond. He lived there close to nature for more than two years and recounted his experience in his book Walden: or, Life in the Woods, published in 1854. Thoreau died of tuberculosis in 1862.
I left the woods for as good a reason as I went there. Perhaps it seemed to me that I had several more lives to live, and could not spare any more time for that one.
I have paid no poll-tax for six years. I was put into a jail once on this account, for one night; and, as I stood considering the walls of solid stone, two or three feet thick, the door of wood and iron, a foot thick, and the iron grating which strained the light, I could not help being struck with the foolishness of that institution which treated me as if I were mere flesh and blood and bones, to be locked up. . . . I saw that, if there was a wall of stone between me and my townsmen, there was a still more difficult one to climb or break through before they could get to be as free as I was.