American writer and Transcendentalist, Henry David Thoreau was born today in 1817. This man is my idol. I liked Civil Disobedience, and loved Walden even more. Although it may seem a bit hypocritical, speaking for my love of fashion, since Thoreau preached things like "Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes," and "Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new." But so much else from him has influenced me.
"Cultivate the habit of early rising. It is unwise to keep the head long on a level with the feet."
--This quote turned me into a morning person.
"Every man is the builder of a temple called his body"
--This one inspired me to take better care of my body.
Not to mention the love of nature I have learned to appreciate over the course of reading his work. Sometimes I wish I could spend 2 months living in a cabin out on the woods. That peaceful serenity must be amazing. Not to mention the sunsets over Walden Pond.