Quotable #40: Tools

Henry David Thoreau

“Men have become the tools of their tools.” — Henry David Thoreau, Walden, 1854

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My name Edmark M. Law. I work as a freelance writer, mainly writing about science and mathematics. I am an ardent hobbyist. I like to read, solve puzzles, play chess, make origami and play basketball. In addition, I dabble in magic, particularly card magic and other sleight-of-hand type magic. I live in Hong Kong. You can find me on Twitter` and Facebook. My email is edmarklaw@learnfunfacts.com

21 thoughts on “Quotable #40: Tools

      1. What I meant was that Thoreau could not have been aware of our heavy use of gadgets like the smartphone. In his times sewing machines were tools. I think for somebody like Thoreau who lived in the woods and who craved to live in the woods like a Jack-in-the-Green all those “tools” we use are dispensible.


    1. This exists long before the 19th century. I have read somewhere that some ancient Greeks and Romans with that kind of look thought that mustache was useless. Besides, it’s still quite popular these days in some parts of the world.

      Anyway, do you know that doctors during the 19th century recommend men to grow beards for health reasons (they said that beards serve as “filters” of polluted air)? So, growing beards was popular at the time.

      The history of beard is actually complex as it not only involve fashion, but also things like philosophy, social status and politics. If you want to learn more about it, I suggest you to read ” Of Beards and Men: The Revealing History of Facial Hair” by Christopher Oldstone-Moore.

      Personally, I don’t bother to grow either as it took ages for my facial hair to grow 1 cm. In fact, I only shave around 3 times a year… :)

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      1. It’s amazing, when you search, what histories you find. One can make a study of any topic, it seems! You continue to amaze me, Edmark, with your paraphernalia of random facts.


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