Here’s a theory for you: in our youth, we all fall in love with some book. For me, as with Konsciious and many others, it was Walden. For some, it’s Atlas Shrugged. For some, it’s Lord of the Rings (!).
Then later we get old and cynical and start reading The Economist instead.
Sure, Thoreau was wrong about a great many things, but I still love the idea of letting the state run amok against you rather than the other way around. And he has some great quotes in there, such as the difference between patrons of virtue and the virtuous man, or the bit about newspapers (warning: lousy memory): “If we hear of one ship lost, or one revolution in Spain, or one cow run over on the Western Railroad, we need know of no more; the principle is enough.”
Or “A man struggles all his life to get a house, and when at last he gets it, he discovers that it is the house that has gotten him.”