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

Our houses are such unwieldy property that we are often imprisoned rather than housed by them.


Faith never makes a confession.


They can do without architecture who have no olives nor wines in the cellar.


We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aid, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn.


Alas! how little does the memory of these human inhabitants enhance the beauty of the landscape!


There is no rule more invariable than that we are paid for our suspicions by finding what we suspect.


Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.


I have never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude. We are for the most part more lonely when we go abroad among men than when we stay in our chambers. A man thinking or working is always alone, let him be where he will.


Dreams are the touchstones of our character.


It is better to have your head in the clouds, and know where you are... than to breathe the clearer atmosphere below them, and think that you are in paradise.


We are always paid for our suspicion by finding what we suspect.


Beware of all enterprises that require a new set of clothes.


As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.


I never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude.


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.


You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.


Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it.


What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.


Do not worry if you have built your castles in the air. They are where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.


It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right.


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