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

Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in.


A broad margin of leisure is as beautiful in a man's life as in a book. Haste makes waste, no less in life than in housekeeping. Keep the time, observe the hours of the universe, not of the cars.


I have seen how the foundations of the world are laid, and I have not the least doubt that it will stand a good while.


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


It is remarkable how closely the history of the apple tree is connected with that of man.


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.


Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.


Men are born to succeed, not to fail.


Money is not required to buy one necessity of the soul.


Live the life you've dreamed.


Old deeds for old people, and new deeds for new.

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Do what you love. Know your own bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw it still.


Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.


Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.


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.


Be not simply good - be good for something.


To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.


Make the most of your regrets; never smother your sorrow, but tend and cherish it till it comes to have a separate and integral interest. To regret deeply is to live afresh.


Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.


In human intercourse the tragedy begins, not when there is misunderstanding about words, but when silence is not understood.


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