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Men Say They Know Many Things

Henry David Thoreau
A white horizontal poster with a colorful mosaic at the top depicts a lush nature scene of insects, fruit on vines, and a small animal. Below the mosaic is a poem in green text titled Men Say They Know Many Things, by Henry David Thoreau.

Men Say They Know Many Things

Men say they know many things;
But lo! they have taken wings, —
The arts and sciences,
And a thousand appliances;
The wind that blows
Is all that any body knows.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862).
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