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

Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.


It is never too late to give up our prejudices.


Truths and roses have thorns about them.


To be admitted to Nature's hearth costs nothing. None is excluded, but excludes himself. You have only to push aside the curtain.


Before printing was discovered, a century was equal to a thousand years.


What is human warfare but just this; an effort to make the laws of God and nature take sides with one party.


The heart is forever inexperienced.


It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?


The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.


Ignorance and bungling with love are better than wisdom and skill without.


How can any man be weak who dares to be at all?


All men are children, and of one family. The same tale sends them all to bed, and wakes them in the morning.


A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.


It is what a man thinks of himself that really determines his fate.


Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.


In wilderness is the preservation of the world.


If it is surely the means to the highest end we know, can any work be humble or disgusting? Will it not rather be elevating as a ladder, the means by which we are translated?


Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.


If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours.


The light which puts out our eyes is darkness to us. Only that day dawns to which we are awake. There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star.


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