I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society. When visitors came in larger and unexpected numbers there was but the third chair for them all, but they generally economized the room by standing up. It is surprising how many great men and women a small house will contain. I have had twenty-five or thirty souls, with their bodies, at once under my roof, and yet we often parted without being aware that we had come very near to one another.

– Henry David Thoreau

In his article “Not Exactly a Hermit: Henry David Thoreau,” Danny Heitman writes “Henry David Thoreau went in for society, but on his own terms.” Read the entire article in HUMANITIES, September/October 2012, Volume 33, Number 5

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