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Henry David Thoreau Quotes

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Henry David Thoreau
July 12, 1817 - May 6, 1862
Nationality: American
Category: Author
Subcategory: American Author

Nay, be a Columbus to whole new continents and worlds within you, opening new channels, not of trade, but of thought.


Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.


The squirrel that you kill in jest, dies in earnest.


I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.


Where there is an observatory and a telescope, we expect that any eyes will see new worlds at once.


A man's interest in a single bluebird is worth more than a complete but dry list of the fauna and flora of a town.


Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.


Friends... they cherish one another's hopes. They are kind to one another's dreams.


There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself.


Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.


To a philosopher all news, as it is called, is gossip, and they who edit and read it are old women over their tea.


I was more independent than any farmer in Concord, for I was not anchored to a house or farm, but could follow the bent of my genius, which is a very crooked one, every moment.


There are old heads in the world who cannot help me by their example or advice to live worthily and satisfactorily to myself; but I believe that it is in my power to elevate myself this very hour above the common level of my life.


It is usually the imagination that is wounded first, rather than the heart; it being much more sensitive.


In my afternoon walk I would fain forget all my morning occupations and my obligations to society.


Front yards are not made to walk in, but, at most, through, and you could go in the back way.


No face which we can give to a matter will stead us so well at last as the truth. This alone wears well.


In the meanest are all the materials of manhood, only they are not rightly disposed.


The fibers of all things have their tension and are strained like the strings of an instrument.


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.


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