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

If misery loves company, misery has company enough.


If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life.


The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend.

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Every people have gods to suit their circumstances.


There is but one stage for the peasant and the actor.


There is danger that we lose sight of what our friend is absolutely, while considering what she is to us alone.


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.


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.


Some are reputed sick and some are not. It often happens that the sicker man is the nurse to the sounder.


I am sorry to think that you do not get a man's most effective criticism until you provoke him. Severe truth is expressed with some bitterness.


Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends... Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts.


What you get by achieving your goals is to as important as what you become by achieving your goals.


I have thought there was some advantage even in death, by which we mingle with the herd of common men.


What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?


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


It is the greatest of all advantages to enjoy no advantage at all.


This world is but a canvas to our imagination.


Nature puts no question and answers none which we mortals ask. She has long ago taken her resolution.


The law will never make a man free; it is men who have got to make the law free.


It is best to avoid the beginnings of evil.


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