posted by Lily on .
Can someone please help better explain this quote to me by Thoreau?
"Truth is always in harmony iwth herself, and is not concerned chiefly to reveal the justice that may consist with wrong-doing."
Truth/honesty is its own reward. If one knows the truth, speaks the truth, then one does not have to be concerned with seeing that those who lie are punished.
Okay, thanks. One more quote please?
"I seek rather, I may say, even an excuse for conforming to the laws of the land. I am but too ready to conform to them."
He is saying he is a conformist, not a radical, or one who seeks to live in opposition to the rules of the society in which he lives.
Thoreau is not a conformist though. It seems to me that he is saying that he would like to be a conformist like everyone else because it is easy, but he knows it is wrong and thus choses to be a nonconformist.
Why did you say a conformist means to be someone who lives in opposition to the rules of society in which one lives? Isn't that a nonconformist?