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Why did Thoreau want to live in the woods?

Thoreau moved to the woods of Walden Pond to learn to live deliberately. I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.

Accordingly, why did Thoreau leave the little shack in the woods?

In the conclusion of Walden he writes, "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." And Thoreau did accomplish a great deal in those two years, and not just in a literary sense.

What were the Thoreau's reasons for moving to the woods?

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. While living in the woods, Thoreau desired to simplify his life.

Where did Thoreau live and what did he live for?

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1845–1847
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