Talk:Aesthetic Papers/Resistance to Civil Government

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Table of contents?Edit

Can anybody think of an intelligent Tabel Of Contents? It's quite long that's why I'm asking. -- TomK32 17:22, 29 Nov 2003 (UTC)

Oh, that's not too long IMHO. But I advice you use == Part X == to divide this text into several parts, the Table Of Contents will automatically be created. :) --Samuel 18:39, 29 Nov 2003 (UTC)
One might put in a few headings such as these above the paragraphs that contain them, if it was emphasized at the start of the document that they were NOT part of the original text:

Division into sectionsEdit

  • == "That government is best which governs least" ==
  • == "All voting is a sort of gaming" ==
  • == "Some years ago, the State met me in behalf of the Church" ==
  • == "I am as desirous of being a good neighbor as I am of being a bad subject" ==
  • == "I know that most men think differently from myself" ==
- but I personally do not think that a classic essay such as this should be so casually altered in it's basic structure, especially in a repository of source documents. Kalki 19:41, 29 Nov 2003 (UTC)
The text IS long on a average display (I'm having a 19") and headers would also make referencing easier. -- TomK32 20:15, 29 Nov 2003 (UTC)
I don’t think it's a good idea, since Thoreau didn’t use those sections. Besides, it's really not that long of an essay. If people are looking for something in particular, they can do a Find on it. Leucosticte (talk) 10:29, 1 February 2014 (UTC)


Wouldn't a better name be "Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau"? Thinking of predictable linking from Wikipedia. --Maveric149 01:34, 30 Nov 2003 (UTC)

Random Italics?Edit

Just wondering if the first line of each block quote was italicized in the original or not, if they were why?, if they werent why are they in this version? Also, I don't mind these at all but were the bracketed attributions at the end of the quotes in the original? If not I think we should either make some kind of note of that somewhere or possibly make footnotes for them instead. Just some thoughts on making sure sources remain as close to their original form as possible... Biggins 06:34, 29 Jul 2004 (UTC)

I personally don't have a copy of the book so I can't answer your questions about what was in the original. Perhaps you can look it up. I don't mind the attributions being where they are. The square brackets are normally used to show an editorial addition. Eclecticology 19:40, 29 Jul 2004 (UTC)


Why is this article classified as "ficiton" and how does one move it into nonfiction?

Italics and other correctionsEdit

I have been using as the authoritative text. Is there a better one? We should be able to agree on what is the definitive version, and get rid of all the typos, incorrect words, etc. from this edition. I think the italics are important, too. Tisane (talk) 03:42, 10 August 2010 (UTC)

Of course. The notes of the transcript there cites A Yankee in Canadaas probably an authorised version, this copy looks good, and we could improve and expand on his other works. Let me know if you want it that scan brought here. Cygnis insignis (talk) 04:44, 10 August 2010 (UTC)


I changed the title because the original title was On the Duty of Resistance to Civil Government, inspired by William A. Paley's On the Duty of Submission to Civil Government. Leucosticte (talk) 22:14, 3 September 2012 (UTC)

Why is this considered an aesthetic paper?Edit

It's not exactly Walden. Leucosticte (talk) 16:17, 12 October 2012 (UTC)

Aesthetic Papers is simply the name of the book that this paper was published in. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 23:49, 12 October 2012 (UTC)