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  1. This is not a saying. Thoreau does not criticize anything.

    This is a line from a personal letter to a friend, Lydian Emerson. Its meaning is simple, just taken out of context: You write that you are sad. It's okay to be sad.

    “Let us grieve for all that we see and all that we are, for this is how we demand and pray for the best.”

  2. Like “You're eating a sandwich wrong, Uncle Fyodor,” etc.

    It seems that the person who wrote this is not very friendly with himself. For some reason, he devalues some of his joys, and I personally feel sad about this. And anger that he's trying to spread these thoughts about himself to others, and therefore to me.

  3. the thinker generally criticizes the situation in which even joys are “sad”from his point of view. In other words, he encourages his reader to go beyond the camp of his primitive values and find there supposedly freedom and deliverance. Henry Thoreau, as an adept of transcendentalism, preached ideas whose essence lies in the primacy of the spiritual over the material, which is why in his statement he tried to lead listeners beyond their momentary and superficial ideas.�Transcendence, transcendence,
    transcendental (from Lat.
    transcendens “transcending, transcending, transcending”).

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