" In the early hours of the morning, I bathe in my intellect in the stupendous and cosmogonal philosophy of the Geetha, before which the modern world appears puny & trivial."
Thoreau can be said to be Gandhi's Guru. It was Thoreau's book " The Civil Disobedience " which gave Gandhi the inspiration to launch the Non-violent Movement. It is said that Gandhi brought back from America what was fundamentally the philosophy of India, after it was baked in the mind of Thoreu !
His masterpiece ' The Walden" has 18 chapters, modelled after the 18 chapters of the Geetha and the 18 parvas of the Mahabharatha.
He was truly the American Sage. Whitman, Emerson and Thoreau are the Trinity of American Transcendentalism !
His famous quote " When the law of the land is against the Law of Conscience, the best place for a man is jail " !