Quotation by Henry David Thoreau

I don't like the city better, the more I see it, but worse. I am ashamed of my eyes that behold it. It is a thousand times meaner than I could have imagined.... The pigs in the street are the most respectable part of the population.
Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Letter, June 8, 1843, to Ralph Waldo Emerson, in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 6, p. 82, Houghton Mifflin (1906).

Thoreau was living on Staten Island at this time.
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