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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

May we so love as never to have occasion to repent of our love!


Through our own recovered innocence we discern the innocence of our neighbors.


The youth gets together his materials to build a bridge to the moon, or, perchance, a palace or temple on the earth, and, at length, the middle-aged man concludes to build a woodshed with them.


We shall see but a little way if we require to understand what we see.


If a man constantly aspires is he not elevated?


There is always a present and extant life, be it better or worse, which all combine to uphold.


That man is rich whose pleasures are the cheapest.


Not only must we be good, but we must also be good for something.


If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.


I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.


How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.


Live your life, do your work, then take your hat.


It is not part of a true culture to tame tigers, any more than it is to make sheep ferocious.


If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. Men will believe what they see.


I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.


The universe is wider than our views of it.


Every man casts a shadow; not his body only, but his imperfectly mingled spirit. This is his grief. Let him turn which way he will, it falls opposite to the sun; short at noon, long at eve. Did you never see it?


Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed, and in such desperate enterprises? If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.


We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success.


The bluebird carries the sky on his back.


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