Thoreau: Life without Principle (1854/1863)
"Life without Principle" originated as "What Shall it Profit," a lecture delivered at Railroad Hall in Providence, Rhode Island, December 6, 1854, four more times in Massachusetts in 1855, and once in New Jersey in 1856. This version was edited by Thoreau for publication before he died, and published in the Atlantic Monthly in 1863, where it received its modern title.
Serial: The Atlantic Monthly Volume 0012 Issue 71 (September 1863)
Title: Life without Principle [pp. 484-495]
Author: Thoreau, H. D.
"Let us consider the way in which we spend our lives..."