My favorite quote from this chapter was "There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to on who is striking at the root..." (Thoreau pg. 56). This quote sticks out to me because it shows that many people think they are doing the right thing and think if more people do what they think is right, they will overcome evil, which in this case is poverty. Though, when you give money to a less fortunate person, they might not do the right thing with it and may use it to buy alcohol. The one person who resizes that money is not the best way to help the poor will try to get the less fortunate off of alcohol. In this way, I believe this might have been the wisest thing Thoreau has said this whole book, and for this he has my respect.