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The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.

Sourced from Thoreau’s seminal work, Walden Pond; or, Life in the Woods—now commonly referred to as Walden—this quote has been misquoted in several publications, according to The Walden Woods Project

Walden Thoreau
Walden; or, Life in the Woods, 1854

While an obvious direct link to the principle of karma in multiple Indian religious traditions, particularly Hinduism, is it not ironic that he uses language to appeal to the American capitalist?


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