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 [Finest Worksong]

"To throw Thoreau"
"Throw" in the sense of "reject". Henry David Thoreau was an American naturalist and essayist who advocated withdrawal from urban life and structured labor for simpler rural existence. [Ron Henry] * I always thought he meant "throw" Thoreau in the sense of "quote". [billg3man]

"What we want and what we need"
See also I Believe. [Ron Henry]

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