Henry David Thoreau Quotes (251) Spiritual Sayings

===> Henry David Thoreau Quotes, Spiritual Quotations, Inspirational Affirmations and Motivational Sayings, Slogans from Awakening Intuition. A Collection of some of the best sayings offering words of wisdom to live by.

About the Author: Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862) was an American author,
poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, historian, and leading transcendentalist. He is best known for his book Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural
surroundings, and his essay Civil Disobedience, an argument for individual resistance to civil government in moral opposition to an unjust state. Thoreau's books, articles, essays, journals, and poetry total over 20
volumes. Among his lasting contributions were his writings on natural history and philosophy, where he anticipated the methods and findings of ecology and environmental history, two sources of modern day environmentalism. His literary style interweaves close natural observation, personal experience, pointed rhetoric, symbolic meanings, and historical lore, while displaying a poetic sensibility, philosophical austerity, and "Yankee" love of practical detail.

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“I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods

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“Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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“How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“One must maintain a little bittle of summer, even in the middle of winter.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods

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“Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“Be yourself- not your idea of what you think somebody else's idea of yourself should be.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so. Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience and Other Essays

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“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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“Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden and Other Writings

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“Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.”
― Henry David Thoreau, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

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“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“All good things are wild and free.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“There is no remedy for love, but to love more.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“I have never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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“Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“I am a happy camper so I guess I’m doing something right. Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“Not till we are completely lost or turned around... do we begin to find ourselves.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“I was not designed to be forced. I will breathe after my own fashion. Let us see who is the strongest.”
― Henry David Thoreau, On the Duty of Civil Disobedience

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“Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“A bore is someone who takes away my solitude and doesn't give me companionship in return.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“Things do not change; we change.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“As if you could kill time without injuring eternity”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“However mean your life is, meet it and live it.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal and then leap in the dark to our success.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“Men profess to be lovers of music, but for the most part they give no evidence in their opinions and lives that they have heard it.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aids, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn, which does not forsake us even in our soundest sleep. I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by a conscious endeavour. It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look, which morally we can do. To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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The language of friendship is not words but meanings.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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“One is not born into the world to do everything but to do something.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other’s eyes for an instant?”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“Dreams are the touchstones of our characters.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“We need the tonic of wildness...At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods

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“As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“This world is but a canvas for our imagination.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than this incessant business.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“Only that day dawns to which we are awake. There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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“A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods

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“When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“I do believe in simplicity. It is astonishing as well as sad, how many trivial affairs even the wisest thinks he must attend to in a day; how singular an affair he thinks he must omit. When the mathematician would solve a difficult problem, he first frees the equation of all incumbrances, and reduces it to its simplest terms. So simplify the problem of life, distinguish the necessary and the real. Probe the earth to see where your main roots run. ”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“Say what you have to say, not what you ought. Any truth is better than make-believe.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“It's not worth our while to let our imperfections disturb us always.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“The most I can do for my friend is simply to be his friend.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“It is not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“I say, beware of all enterprises that require new clothes, and not rather a new wearer of clothes.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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“Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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“I can alter my life by altering my attitude. He who would have nothing to do with thorns must never attempt to gather flowers.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“However mean you life is, meet and live it; do not shun it and call it hard names. It is not so bad as you are. It looks poorest when you are richest. The fault-finder will find faults even in paradise. Love your life, poor as it is. You may perhaps have some pleasant, thrilling, glorious hours, even in a poorhouse. The setting sun is reflected from the windows of the almshouse as brightly as from the rich man’s abode; the snow melts before its doors as early in the spring. Cultivate property like a garden herb, like sage. Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends. Turn the old; return to them. Things do not change; we change. Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts… Superfluous wealth can buy superfluities only. Money is not required to buy one necessary of the soul.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“It is never too late to give up your prejudices”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“My greatest skill in life has been to want but little”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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“I have an immense appetite for solitude, like an infant for sleep, and if I don't get enough for this year, I shall cry all the next. ”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden, or Life in the Woods

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“What's the use of a fine house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?”
― Henry David Thoreau, Familiar Letters

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“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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“Men are born to succeed, not to fail.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“Men have become the tools of their tools.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“The universe is wider than our views of it.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. But do not care to convince him. Men will believe what they see. Let them see.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“I have no doubt that it is part of the destiny of the human race in it's gradual improvement, to leave off eating animals.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“Write while the heat is in you. The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron which has cooled to burn a hole with. He cannot inflame the minds of his audience.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“The path of least resistance leads to crooked rivers and crooked men.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“Public opinion is a weak tyrant compared with our own private opinion. what a man thinks of himself, that it is which determines, or rather indicates, his fate.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“Take long walks in stormy weather or through deep snows in the fields and woods, if you would keep your spirits up. Deal with brute nature. Be cold and hungry and weary.”
― Henry David Thoreau, On the Duty of Civil Disobedience

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“Friends... they cherish one another's hopes. They are kind to one another's dreams.”
― Henry David Thoreau, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

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“To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity and trust.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“Let go of the past and go for the future. Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you imagined.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“We are born as innocents. We are polluted by advice.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“If the day and the night are such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs, is more elastic, more starry, more immortal- that is your success. All nature is your congratulation, and you have cause momentarily to bless yourself. The greatest gains and values are farthest from being appreciated. We easily come to doubt if they exist. We soon forget them. They are the highest reality. Perhaps the facts most astounding and most real are never communicated by man to man. The true harvest of my daily life is somewhat as intangible and indescribable as the tints of morning or evening. It is a little star-dust caught, a segment of the rainbow which I have clutched.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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“You cannot dream yourself into a character: you must hammer and forge yourself into one.”
― Henry David Thoreau
Walden Walden

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“One farmer says to me, 'You cannot live on vegetable food solely, for it furnishes nothing to make bones with;' and so he religiously devotes a part of his day to supplying his system with the raw material of bones; walking all the while he talks behind his oxen, which, with vegetable-made bones, jerk him and his lumbering plow along in spite of every obstacle.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods

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“In wildness is the preservation of the world.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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“Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“A written word is the choicest of relics. It is something at once more intimate with us and more universal than any other work of art. It is the work of art nearest to life itself. It may be translated into every language, and not only be read but actually breathed from all human lips; -- not be represented on canvas or in marble only, but be carved out of the breath of life itself.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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“Renew thyself completely each day.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws be expanded, and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Where I Lived, and What I Lived For

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“What sort of philosophers are we, who know absolutely nothing of the origin and destiny of cats?”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“We are constantly invited to be who we are.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“Simplify, simplify.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“I have a room all to myself; it is nature.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“What does education often do? It makes a straight-cut ditch of a free, meandering brook.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“To be awake is to be completely alive. I have never yet met a man who was quite awake.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“It is better to have your head in the clouds, and know where you are... than to breathe the clearer atmosphere below them, and think that you are in paradise.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“The heart is forever inexperienced.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“Say what you have to say, not what you ought. Any truth is better than make-believe.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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“If I repent of anything, it is very likely to be my good behavior. what demon possessed me that i behaved so well?”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“As to conforming outwardly and living your own life inwardly, I do not think much of that.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb nail.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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“I heartily accept the motto, "That government is best which governs least"; and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe — "That government is best which governs not at all"; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have. Government is at best but an expedient; but most governments are usually, and all governments are sometimes, inexpedient.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“I find it wholesome to be alone the greater part of the time. To be in company, even with the best, is soon wearisome and dissipating. I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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“In human intercourse the tragedy begins, not when there is misunderstanding about words, but when silence is not understood”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“When we are unhurried and wise, we perceive that only great and worthy things have any permanent and absolute existence, that petty fears and petty pleasures are but the shadow of the reality.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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“That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest. ”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual…O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches. No run on my bank can drain it, for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“Amid a world of noisy, shallow actors it is noble to stand aside and say, 'I will simply be.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“I should not talk so much about myself if there were anybody else whom I knew as well.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods

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“Do not lose hold of your dreams or aspirations. For if you do, you may still exist but you have ceased to live.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“There is danger that we lose sight of what our friend is absolutely, while considering what she is to us alone.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“In wildness is the preservation of the world.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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“Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“A written word is the choicest of relics. It is something at once more intimate with us and more universal than any other work of art. It is the work of art nearest to life itself. It may be translated into every language, and not only be read but actually breathed from all human lips; -- not be represented on canvas or in marble only, but be carved out of the breath of life itself.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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“Renew thyself completely each day.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws be expanded, and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Where I Lived, and What I Lived For

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“What does education often do? It makes a straight-cut ditch of a free, meandering brook.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“To be awake is to be completely alive. I have never yet met a man who was quite awake.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“The heart is forever inexperienced.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“If I repent of anything, it is very likely to be my good behavior. what demon possessed me that I behaved so well?”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“As to conforming outwardly and living your own life inwardly, I do not think much of that.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“I find it wholesome to be alone the greater part of the time. To be in company, even with the best, is soon wearisome and dissipating. I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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“In human intercourse the tragedy begins, not when there is misunderstanding about words, but when silence is not understood”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“When we are unhurried and wise, we perceive that only great and worthy things have any permanent and absolute existence, that petty fears and petty pleasures are but the shadow of the reality.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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“That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest. ”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual…O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches. No run on my bank can drain it, for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“Amid a world of noisy, shallow actors it is noble to stand aside and say, 'I will simply be.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“I should not talk so much about myself if there were anybody else whom I knew as well.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods

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“Do not lose hold of your dreams or aspirations. For if you do, you may still exist but you have ceased to live.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“There is danger that we lose sight of what our friend is absolutely, while considering what she is to us alone.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“I do not know how to distinguish between waking life and a dream. Are we not always living the life that we imagine we are?”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“It is not that we love to be alone, but that we love to soar, and when we do soar, the company grows thinner and thinner until there is none at all. …We are not the less to aim at the summits though the multitude does not ascend them.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“In the long run, men hit only what they aim at. Therefore, they had better aim at something high.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“The question is not what you look at, but what you see. a”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“All change is a miracle to contemplate, but it is a miracle which is taking place every instant.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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“Life isn't about finding yourself; it's about creating yourself.
So live the life you imagined.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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“Be resolutely and faithfully what you are; be humbly what you aspire to be.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait until that other is ready, and it may be a long time before they get off.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“Books must be read as deliberately and reservedly as they were written.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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“Books can only reveal us to ourselves, and as often as they do us this service we lay them aside.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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“I had not lived there a week before my feet wore a path from my door to the pond-side; and though it is five or six years since I trod it, it is still quite distinct. It is true, I fear that others may have fallen into it, and so helped to keep it open. The surface of the earth is soft and impressible by the feet of men; and so with the paths which the mind travels. How worn and dusty, then, must be the highways of the world, how deep the ruts of tradition and conformity!”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has
been, I have great faith in a seed. Convince me that you have a seed
there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“If you want to be happy, be!”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“The only remedy for love is to love more.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“Thought is the sculptor who can create the person you want to be.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“Kindness to children, love for children, goodness to children-- these are the only investments that never fail.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“He who distinguishes the true savor of his food can never be a glutton; he who does not cannot be otherwise.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed and in such desperate enterprises? If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“Enthusiasm is a supernatural serenity.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“The squirrel that you kill in jest, dies in earnest.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden and Other Writings

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“I make myself rich by making my wants few.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“I put a piece of paper under my pillow, and when I could not sleep I wrote in the dark.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“A lake is a landscape's most beautiful and expressive feature. It is Earth's eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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“Night is certainly more novel and less profane than day.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“It is not enough to be busy... The question is: what are we busy about?”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law”
― Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience and Other Essays

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“If a man does not keep pace with his
companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let
him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.
It is not important that he should mature as soon as an apple-tree or
an oak. Shall he turn his spring into summer?”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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“The whole course of human history may depend on a change of heart in a single, solitary, even humble individual. For it is within the soul of the individual that the battle between good and evil is waged and ultimately won or lost.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“We hear and apprehend only what we already half know.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“While civilization has been improving our houses, it has not equally improved the men who are to inhabit them”
― Henry David Thoreau, Where I Lived, and What I Lived For

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“But it is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“A sad soul can kill you quicker, much quicker, than any germ”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“A single gentle rain makes the grass many shades greener. So our prospects brighten on the influx of better thoughts. We should be blessed if we lived in the present always, and took advantage of every accident that befell us.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden, or Life in the Woods

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“Not till we are lost, in other words not till we have lost the world, do we begin to find ourselves, and realize where we are and the infinite extent of our relations. ”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“Love must be as much a light as it is a flame.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“I believe in the forest, and in the meadow, and in the night in which the corn grows.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“The true harvest of my life is intangible - a little star dust caught, a portion of the rainbow I have clutched.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“A man may be very industrious, and yet not spend his time well. There is no more fatal blunderer than he who consumes the greater part of life getting his living.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations. Books, the oldest and the best, stand naturally and rightfully on the shelves of every cottage. They have no cause of their own to plead, but while they enlighten and sustain the reader his common sense will not refuse them. Their authors are a natural and irresistible aristocracy in every society, and, more than kings or emperors, exert an influence on mankind.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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“The greatest art is to shape the quality of the day. ”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“I left the woods for as good a reason as I went there. Perhaps it seemed to me that I had several more lives to live, and could not spare any more time for that one.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“What people say you cannot do, you try and find that you can.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“Life in us is like the water in a river.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“Society is commonly too cheap. We meet at very short intervals, not having had time to acquire any new value for each other. We meet at meals three times a day, and give each other a new taste of that old musty cheese that we are.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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“Cultivate poverty like a garden herb, like sage. Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends. Turn the old; return to them. Things do not change; we change. Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts. God will see that you do not want society.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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“No man ever followed his genius til it misled him.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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“This curious world we inhabit is more wonderful than convenient; more beautiful than it is useful; it is more to be admired and enjoyed than used.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer; but if he spends his whole day as a spectulator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is esteemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“Even voting for the right is doing nothing for it. It is only expressing to men feebly your desire that it should prevail. A wise man will not leave the right to the mercy of chance, nor wish it to prevail through the power of the majority. There is but little virtue in the action of masses of men.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience and Other Essays

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“Every path but your own is the path of fate. Keep on your own track, then.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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“A gun will give you the body, not the bird”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“Goodness is the only investment that never fails.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“In the morning I bathe my intellect in the stupendous and cosmogonal philosophy of the Bhagavad-Gita, in comparison with which our modern world and its literature seems puny and trivial.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“Most of the luxuries, and many of the so-called comforts of life, are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“He who hears the rippling of rivers in these degenerate days will not utterly despair.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“A man can suffocate on courtesy.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“We should impart our courage and not our despair.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“If a man does not keep pace with his companion, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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“To read well, that is, to read true books in a true spirit, is a noble exercise, and one that will tax the reader more than any exercise which the customs of the day esteem. It requires a training such as the athletes underwent, the steady intention almost of the whole life to this object. Books must be read as deliberately and reservedly as they were written.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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“I have, as it were, my own sun and moon and stars, and a little world all to myself.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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“The tragedy in a man’s life is what dies inside of him while he lives.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“Any man more right than his neighbors constitutes a majority of one already.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience

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“To a philosopher all news is gossip, and they who edit and read it are old women over their tea.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“Spending of the best part of one's life earning money in order to enjoy questionable liberty during the least valuable part of it, reminds me of the Englishman who went to India to make a fortune first, in order that he might return to England and live the life of a poet. He should have gone up garret at once.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden and Other Writings

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“I found in myself, and still find, an instinct toward a higher, or, as it is named, spiritual life, as do most men, and another toward a primitive rank and savage one, and I reverence them both. I love the wild not less than the good.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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“The finest qualities of our nature, like the bloom on fruits, can be preserved only by the most delicate handling. Yet we do not treat ourselves nor one another thus tenderly.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“The youth gets together his materials to build a bridge to the moon, or, perchance, a palace or temple on the earth, and, at length, the middle-aged man concludes to build a woodshed with them.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“The most I can do for my friend is simply to be his friend. I have no wealth to bestow on him. If he knows that I am happy in loving him, he will want no other reward. Is not friendship divine in this?”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“The morning, which is the most memorable season of the day, is the awakening hour. Then there is least somnolence in us; and for an hour, at least, some part of us awakes which slumbers all the rest of the day and night... All memorable events, I should say, transpire in morning time and in a morning atmosphere. The Vedas say, “All intelligences awake with the morning.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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“There is an incessant influx of novelty into the world, and yet we tolerate incredible dullness.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“to one whose elastic and vigorous thoughts keep pace with the sun, the day is a perpetual morning. It matters not the labors and attitudes of men, morning is when I am awake and there is dawn in me. ”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“He enjoys true leisure who has time to improve his soul's estate.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“Talk of mysteries! — Think of our life in nature, — daily to be shown matter, to come in contact with it, — rocks, trees, wind on our cheeks! The solid earth! The actual world! The common sense! Contact! Contact! Who are we? Where are we?”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“A Friend is one who incessantly pays us the compliment of expecting from us all the virtues, and who can appreciate them in us.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“Everyone must believe in something. I believe I'll go canoeing.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“Humility like darkness reveals the heavenly lights.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“It is remarkable how long men will believe in the bottomlessness of a pond without taking the trouble to sound it.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden & Resistance to Civil Government

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“The surface of the earth is soft and impressible by the feet of men; and so with the paths which the mind travels. How worn and dusty, then, must be the highways of the world, how deep the ruts of tradition and conformity! I did not wish to take a cabin passage, but rather to go before the mast and on the deck of the world, for there I could best see the moonlight amid the mountains.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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“Begin where you are and such as you are, without aiming mainly to become of more worth, and with kindness aforethought, go about doing good.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“Age is no better, hardly so well, qualified for an instructor as youth, for it has not profited so much as it has lost.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden & Civil Disobedience

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“Our moments of inspiration are not lost though we have no particular poem to show for them; for those experiences have left an indelible impression, and we are ever and anon reminded of them. ”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“It takes two to speak the truth - one to speak and another to hear.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“As long as I have the friendship of the sesasons life will never be a burden to me.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“The only sin in the world is ignorance.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“and the cost of a thing is the amount
of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it,
immediately or in the long run”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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“Morning brings back the heroic ages. There was something cosmical about it; a standing advertisement, till forbidden, of the everlasting vigor and fertility of the world. The morning, which is the most memorable season of the day, is the awakening hour. Then there is least somnolence in us; and for an hour, at least, some part of us awakes which slumbers all the rest of the day and night.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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“The better part of the man is soon ploughed into the soil for compost. By a seeming fate, commonly called necessity, they are employed, as it says in an old book, laying up treasures which moth and rust will corrupt and thieves break through and steal. It is a fool's life, as they will find when they get to the end of it, if not before.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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“The civilized man is a more experienced and wiser savage.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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“God is alone,-but the devil, he is far from being alone; he sees a great deal of company; he is legion.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“You must converse much with the field and the woods if you would imbibe such health into your mind and spirit as you covet for your body”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“I will come to you, my friend, when I no longer need you. Then you will find a palace, not an almshouse.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“Perhaps the facts most astounding and most real are never communicated by man to man. The true harvest of my daily life is somewhat as intangible and indescribable as the tints of morning or evening. It is a little star-dust caught, a segment of the rainbow which I have clutched.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment, while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance that I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“I love Nature partly because she is not man, but a retreat from him. None of his institutions control or pervade her. There a different kind of right prevails. In her midst I can be glad with an entire gladness. If this world were all man, I could not stretch myself, I should lose all hope. He is constraint, she is freedom to me. He makes me wish for another world. She makes me content with this.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in. I drink at it; but while I drink I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is. Its thin current slides away, but eternity remains.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of feeble minds”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“Confucius said, "To know that we know what we know, and that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge.”
― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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“Man is the artificer of his own happiness.”
― Henry David Thoreau, The Journal of Henry D. Thoreau

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“Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it. ”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“I am no more lonely than a single mullein or dandelion in a pasture, or a
bean leaf, or sorrel, or a horse-fly, or a bumblebee. I am no more lonely
than the Mill Brook, or a weathercock, or the north star, or the south
wind, or an April shower, or a January thaw, or the first spider in a new
house.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“Most of the luxuries, and many of the so called comforts of life, are not only indispensable, but positive hinderances to the elevation of mankind. With respect to luxuries and comforts, the wisest have ever lived a more simple and meagre life than the poor.”
― Henry David Thoreau

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“The question is not what you look at but what you see”
― Henry David Thoreau

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