Quote by Henry David Thoreau
As for Doing-good...I have tried it fairly, and, strange as it may seem, am satisfied that it does not agree with my constitution.
In this quote, the speaker implies that they have attempted to engage in charitable actions and acts of goodness, but they have come to the realization that it does not align with their nature or personal inclination. Despite the societal pressure to do good, they have discovered it to be incompatible with their individual character or preferences. Hence, this acknowledgment suggests that each individual may have their own unique way of contributing to society, and what may be considered good for one person may not necessarily be the same for another.
TopicsGood And Evil
They look for a victim to chivy, and howl him down, and finally lynch him in a sheer storm of sexual frenzy which they honestly imagine to be moral indignation, patriotic passion or some equally allowable emotion, it may be an innocent Negro, a Jew like Leo Frank, a harmless half-witted German; a Christ-like idealist of the type of Debs, an enthusiastic reformer like Emma Goldman.