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Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau was an American writer and philosopher; born David Henry Thoreau
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It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for law, so much as a respect for right.

Henry David Thoreau

Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?

Henry David Thoreau

When it's time to die, let us not discover that we have never lived.

Henry David Thoreau

Give me the poverty that enjoys true wealth.

Henry David Thoreau

The laboring man has not leisure for a true integrity day by day.

Henry David Thoreau

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

A name pronounced is the recognition of the individual to whom it belongs. He who can pronounce my name aright, he can call me, and is entitled to my love and service.

Henry David Thoreau

If a man constantly aspires is he not elevated?

Henry David Thoreau

We can never have enough of nature. We must be refreshed by the sight of inexhaustible vigor, vast and titanic features, the sea-coast with its wrecks, the wilderness with its living and its decaying trees, the thunder-cloud, and the rain.

Henry David Thoreau

However mean your life is, meet it and live it; do not shun it and call it hard names. It is not bad... 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 have perhaps some pleasant, thrilling, glorious hours, even in a poor house.

Henry David Thoreau

I do not propose to write an ode to dejection, but to brag as lustily as chanticleer in the morning, standing on his roost, if only to wake his neighbours up.

Henry David Thoreau

What men call good fellowship is commonly but the virtue of pigs in a litter which lie close together to keep each other warm.

Henry David Thoreau

I see young men, my townsmen, whose misfortune it is to have inherited farms, houses, cattle, barns, and farming tools, for these are more easily acquired than gotten rid of. Better if they had been born in the open pasture and suckled by a wolf, that they might have seen with clearer eyes what field they were called to labour in.

Henry David Thoreau

It is never too late to give up your prejudices.

Henry David Thoreau

A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.

Henry David Thoreau

However mean your life is, meet it and live it: do not shun it and call it hard names. Cultivate poverty like a garden herb, like sage. Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends. Things do not change, we change. Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts. God will see that you do want society.

Henry David Thoreau

We are armed with language adequate to describe each leaf of the filed, but not to describe human character.

Henry David Thoreau

Heroes are often the most ordinary of men.

Henry David Thoreau

I'd rather sit alone on a pumpkin and have it all to myself than be crowded on a velvet cushion.

Henry David Thoreau

Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.

Henry David Thoreau

In dreams we see ourselves naked and acting our real characters, even more clearly than we see others awake.

Henry David Thoreau

Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk.

Henry David Thoreau

There is no remedy for love but to love more.

Henry David Thoreau

It is never too late to give up our prejudices.

Henry David Thoreau

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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