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What does Henry David Thoreau mean when he said, in Walden, he wanted to "drive life into a corner, and reduce it to to its lowest terms"?

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The phrase you mention in your question comes from one of the most well known and recognized passages in Walden, by Henry David Thoreau. He explains:

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.... I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life,  ...to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms....
Of course Thoreau went to the...

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