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

There is no odor so bad as that which arises from goodness tainted.


The finest workers in stone are not copper or steel tools, but the gentle touches of air and water working at their leisure with a liberal allowance of time.


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. I do not wish to go below now.


Men have a respect for scholarship and learning greatly out of proportion to the use they commonly serve.


An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.


There is more of good nature than of good sense at the bottom of most marriages.


Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.


Our life is frittered away by detail... simplify, simplify.


The smallest seed of faith is better than the largest fruit of happiness.


Simplify, simplify.


The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.


We are not what we are, nor do we treat or esteem each other for such, but for what we are capable of being.


As in geology, so in social institutions, we may discover the causes of all past changes in the present invariable order of society.


Thaw with her gentle persuasion is more powerful than Thor with his hammer. The one melts, the other breaks into pieces.


Generally speaking, a howling wilderness does not howl: it is the imagination of the traveler that does the howling.


There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees, for instance.


The rarest quality in an epitaph is truth.


Nothing goes by luck in composition. It allows of no tricks. The best you can write will be the best you are.


In the long run, men hit only what they aim at. Therefore, they had better aim at something high.


Things do not change; we change.


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