Quotable #40: Tools

Henry David Thoreau

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


About Edmark M. Law

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. I blog at learnfunfacts.com. You can find me on Twitter @EdmarkLaw and Facebook. My email is edmarklaw@learnfunfacts.com
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21 Responses to Quotable #40: Tools

  1. Silent Hour says:

    About the quote: True.
    About growing filters: no no no!

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  2. Christian says:

    Haha, seriously? I think Thoreau was far ahead of his time.

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    • Abigail says:

      With his fierce support of civil liberties for slaves, unions, and women’s suffrage, he was ahead of his time in more ways than one.


      • Christian says:

        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.


      • Abigail says:

        Oh, no, I understood your meaning. My reply was a poor attempt at humor. Thank you anyway for the explanation.


  3. Sugiro que você coloque um tradutor em seu blog. Facilitaria a vida dos estrangeiros que desejam compreender e ler mais rapidamente! Obrigado! 🙂

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  4. David says:

    19th century equivalent of saying the robots are taking over?

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  5. Peter Klopp says:

    The quote from Walden by Thoreau reads like a powerful prophecy on our present time.

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  6. Roadtirement says:

    Thought provoking quote, and interesting additional commentary on beards.

    Liked by 2 people

  7. ivor20 says:

    Yep, the plumber in me agrees.

    Liked by 2 people

  8. Deb Whittam says:

    Edmark I have a question for you – why in the era of this quote did men choose only to have beards? Did they have any idea how ridiculous they looked?

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