One quote in the chapter that really made me think was, “But I would not stand between any man and his genius; and to him who does this work, which I decline, with his whole heart and soul and life, I would say, Persevere, even if the world call it doing evil, as it is most likely they will.” To me this quote means, Thoreau does not want to argue that they should not do the work, and he believes it is wrong, but keep on trying, even if the world thinks it is bad, which they will. It was cool to see how he thinks people are wrong, but he is not going to get in the way of what the believe.
Another quote that made me think was, “If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life, as from that dry and parching wind of the African deserts called the Simoom, which fills the mouth and nose and ears and eyes with dust till you are suffocated, for fear that I should get some of his good done to me- some of its virus mingled with my blood.” I though this was really cool, and it made me realize his opinion of, Why should I get good, if I have done no good. I was intrigued by this because It does seem like a valuable argument, but it also seems a little crazy to not help others. He does say that you should help, but only when in need, and by in need he means a life or death situation.
Since I am participating in the Youth in Philanthropy program, this chapter made me think about what I was really doing. I understand Thoreau's opinion but I believe that since we are so fortunate, we should help the ones who need it more than us, and do at least a little bit of Philanthropy. I have been enjoying the book so far, and am really excited to read more. I can not wait to learn the many more lessons that this book provides us.