Quotation by Henry David Thoreau

While England endeavors to cure the potato-rot, will not any endeavor to cure the brain-rot, which prevails so much more widely and fatally?
Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Walden (1854), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 2, p. 358, Houghton Mifflin (1906).

Thoreau comments here on American provinciality and conformity, as well as on more general ignorance. He also refers specifically to the Irish Potato Famine.
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