Can you live by the values of Henry David Thoreau?

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Henry David Thoreau, a very wise man, was considered the "hermit" of his time, yet many of his closest friends claimed quite the contrary. Regaurdless, Thoreau's quotes prove to be true words of wisdom, however "hermit -ish" they may sound.

So, are YOU wise enough to understand and follow Thoreau's quotes in your daily life? Note: if i have misrepresented any of the meanings of the quotes, i apologize ahead of time.

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  1. As you are sitting around watching junk television, you realize that you really dont know whats going on in the world right now, suddenly, Thoreau's quotes pops into your head: "A man is wise with the wisdom of his time only, and ignorant with its ignorance." What does this mean to you?
  2. When stuck in the situation of either telling your friend the truth that you were the one who erased all the songs on their ipod, the following pops up in your head: "Be true to your work, your word, and your friend." You then decide:
  3. You suddenly have a dream that tells you to pursue becoming an actor. you know that you have always enjoyed movies, and see a possible future in the profession, upon evaluation, Thoreau's quote: "Dreams are the touchstones of our character."
  4. For the first time in forever, you are sitting alone on your couch with nothing to do. According to thoreau you decide: "I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude."
  5. In your wiki project with your group, one person seems to REALLY want to add in a song that most of you arent familiar with. And frankly, even though it may go with the prompt you think the song is a little... awkward. You: "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."
  6. Your friend and you get into some trouble with the teacher, you have to choose between saving yourself (who is at fault) or saving your friend (who is innocent in the matter) this is when this quote pops into your head: "If the law is of such a nature that it requires you to be an agent of injustice to another, then I say, break the law." you decide:
  7. When you are filling out a questionaire, you realize that you have had quite a bit of regrets in your life, on the bottom of the page, a thoreau quote is displayed: "Make the most of your regrets. . . To regrets deeply is to live afresh." what is this advocating?
  8. Your in that period of time, where nothing seems fun or interesting to you anymore. A quote from Thoreau pops up in one of your old school spirals: "None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm." Your reaction:
  9. You are arguing with your parents about getting a new laptop, but your parents say that at this point, they can not afford to buy it for you. Your mother tries to explain it to you by stating this thoreau quote: "That man is the richest whose pleasure are the cheapest." your response:
  10. An ex felon in your community, is working hard to repay his debt to society by doing community service, and has proved himself a very, very reliable man. but others, are apprehensive. The felon tries to persuade your community with this Thoreau quote: "What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us." what do you decide to do:

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