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

Books are to be distinguished by the grandeur of their topics even more than by the manner in which they are treated.


What old people say you cannot do, you try and find that you can. Old deeds for old people, and new deeds for new.


Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.


How could youths better learn to live than by at once trying the experiment of living?


Truth is always in harmony with herself, and is not concerned chiefly to reveal the justice that may consist with wrong-doing.


Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.


Instead of noblemen, let us have noble villages of men.


Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.


There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.


Only that day dawns to which we are awake.


It takes two to speak the truth: one to speak, and another to hear.


I have found that hollow, which even I had relied on for solid.


While civilization has been improving our houses, it has not equally improved the men who are to inhabit them. It has created palaces, but it was not so easy to create noblemen and kings.


Do what nobody else can do for you. Omit to do anything else.


The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.


I say beware of all enterprises that require new clothes, and not rather a new wearer of clothes.


To have done anything just for money is to have been truly idle.


Only he is successful in his business who makes that pursuit which affords him the highest pleasure sustain him.


The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.


It is only when we forget all our learning that we begin to know.


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