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

Henry David Thoreau

To a philosopher all news, as it is called, is gossip, an they who edit and read it are old women over their tea.

Henry David Thoreau

Men are born to succeed, not to fail.

Henry David Thoreau

Dreams are the touchstones of our character.

Henry David Thoreau

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.

Henry David Thoreau

The man who goes alone can start today but he who travels with another must wait till the other is ready, and it may be along time before they get off.

Henry David Thoreau

Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.

Henry David Thoreau

I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.

Henry David Thoreau

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.

Henry David Thoreau

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.

Henry David Thoreau

It is not enough to be busy the question is what are we busy about

Henry David Thoreau

I do not wish to kill nor to be killed, but I can foresee circumstances in which these things would be by me unavoidable.

Henry David Thoreau

Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life, are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.

Henry David Thoreau

Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.

Henry David Thoreau

The world is but a canvas to the imagination.

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

The character inherent in the American people has done all that has been accomplished and it would have done somewhat more, if the government had not sometimes got in its way.

Henry David Thoreau

That government is best which governs least. - from Civil Disobedience

Henry David Thoreau

Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short.

Henry David Thoreau

Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.

Henry David Thoreau

When I read some of the rules for speaking and writing the English language correctly...I think-- Any fool can make a rule And every fool will mind it.

Henry David Thoreau

There is no more fatal blunderer than he who consumes the greater part of his life getting his living. - from Live Without Principle

Henry David Thoreau

The ways by which you may get money almost without exception lead downward. - from Live Without Principle

Henry David Thoreau

The lawyer's truth is not Truth, but consistency or a consistent expediency.

Henry David Thoreau

The universe seems bankrupt as soon as we begin to discuss the characters of individuals.

Henry David Thoreau

What a man thinks of himself that is what determines, or rather indicates his fate.

Henry David Thoreau

True friendship can afford true knowledge. It does not depend on darkness and ignorance.

Henry David Thoreau

It is an interesting question how far men would retain their relative rank if they were divested of their clothes.

Henry David Thoreau

It takes two to speak truth - One to speak, and another to hear.

Henry David Thoreau

Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is in prison.

Henry David Thoreau

A grain of gold will gild a great surface, but not so much as a grain of wisdom. - from Live Without Principle

Henry David Thoreau

When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.

Henry David Thoreau

To reget deeply is to live afresh.

Henry David Thoreau

The true harvest of my daily life is somewhat as intangible And indescribably as the tints of morning or evening. It is a little star-dust caught, A segment of the rainbow which I have clutched.

Henry David Thoreau

You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land, this is no other life but this.

Henry David Thoreau

Life should begin with age and its privileges and accumulations, and end with youth and its capacity to splendidly enjoy such advantages.

Henry David Thoreau

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.

Henry David Thoreau

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.

Henry David Thoreau

Nature abhors a vacuum, and if I can only walk with sufficient carelessness I am sure to be filled.

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.

Henry David Thoreau

There are now-a-days professors of philosophy but not philosophers.

Henry David Thoreau

Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his friends for his life.

Henry David Thoreau

Why should we be in such desperate hast 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.

Henry David Thoreau

However mean your life is, meet it and live it do not shun it and call it hard names. It is not so bad as you are. It looks poorest when you are the richest.

Henry David Thoreau

If a man constantly aspires is he not elevated

Henry David Thoreau

In the long run, men hit only what they aim at. Therefore, they had better aim at something high.

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

Make the most of your regrets. . . . To regret deeply is to live afresh.

Henry David Thoreau

Whatever sentence will bear to be read twice, we may be sure was thought twice.

Henry David Thoreau

However mean your life is, meet it and live it do not shun it and call it hard names. Cultivate poverty like a garden herb, like sage. Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends. Things do not change, we change. Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts.

Henry David Thoreau

The finest workers in stone are not copper or steel tools, but the gentle touches of air and water working at their leisure with a liberal allowance of time.

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

Nay, be a Columbus to whole new continents and worlds within you, opening new channels, not of trade, but of thought. Every man is the lord of a realm beside which the earthly empire of the Czar is but a petty state, a hummock left by the ice.

Henry David Thoreau

I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestioned ability of a man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.

Henry David Thoreau

None can be an impartial or wise observer of human life but from the vantage ground of what we should call voluntary poverty.

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

Faint heart never won true friend. O my friend, may it come to pass, once, that when you are my friend I may be yours.

Henry David Thoreau

It is never too late to give up our prejudices.

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

The language of friendship is not words, but meanings. It is an intelligence about language.

Henry David Thoreau

All perception of truth is the detection of an analogy we reason from our hands to our head.

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

Goodness is the only investment that never fails.

Henry David Thoreau

The language of friendship is not words but meanings.

Henry David Thoreau

Men have become the tools of their tools.

Henry David Thoreau

Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.

Henry David Thoreau

What does education often do It makes a straight-cut ditch of a free, meandering brook.

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

My friend is one... who take me for what I am.

Henry David Thoreau

Do not despair of life. Think of the fox, prowling in a winter night to satisfy his hunger. His race survives I do not believe any of them ever committed suicide.

Henry David Thoreau

Dwell as near as possible to the channel in which your life flows.

Henry David Thoreau

No one is so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.

Henry David Thoreau

Why should we live with such hurry and waste of life We are determined to be starved before we are hungry. Men say that a stitch in time saves nine, and so they take a thousand stitiches today to save nine tomorrow.

Henry David Thoreau

We are sometimes made aware of a kindness long passed, and realize that there have been times when our friends' thoughts of us were of so pure and lofty a character that they passed over us like the winds of heaven unnoticed when they treated us not as what we were, but as what we aspired to be. -- from A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

Henry David Thoreau

One may discover a new side to his most intimate friend when for the first time he hears him speak in public. He will be stranger to him as he is more familiar to the audience. The longest intimacy could not foretell how he would behave then.

Henry David Thoreau

Government never furthered any enterprise but the alacrity with which it got out of the way.

Henry David Thoreau

What is called genius is the abundance of life and health.

Henry David Thoreau

In wildness is the preservation of the world. - from Walking

Henry David Thoreau

What is a country without rabbits and partridges They are among the most simple and indigenous animal products ancient and venerable familes known to antiquity as to modern times of the very hue and substance of Nature, nearest allied to leaves and to the ground.

Henry David Thoreau

I have lived some thirty-odd years on this planet, and I have yet to hear the first syllable of valuable or even earnest advice from my seniors.

Henry David Thoreau

We seem but to linger in manhood to tell the dreams of our childhood, and they vanish out of memory ere we learn the language.

Henry David Thoreau

There is no remedy for love but to love more.

Henry David Thoreau

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.

Henry David Thoreau

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.

Henry David Thoreau

The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend.

Henry David Thoreau

Friends do not live in harmony merely, as some say, but in melody.

Henry David Thoreau

To affect the quality of the day that is the art of life.

Henry David Thoreau

The man for whom law exists -- the man of forms, the Conservative, is a tame man.

Henry David Thoreau

The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when someone asked me what I thought , and attended to my answer.

Henry David Thoreau

I have learned this at least by my experiment that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavours to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

Time is but the stream I go a-fishin in. I drink at it, but while I drink I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is. It's thin current slides away, but eternity remains.

Henry David Thoreau

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.

Henry David Thoreau

A man is wise with the wisdom of his time only, and ignorant with its ignorance. Observe how the greatest minds yield in some degree to the superstitions of their age.

Henry David Thoreau

I hear many condemn these men because they were so few. When were the good and the braver every in a majority

Henry David Thoreau

How often we find ourselves turning our backs on our actual friends, that we may go and meet their ideal cousins.

Henry David Thoreau

I stand in awe of my body.

Henry David Thoreau

I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment, while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance that I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn.

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life. Aim above morality. Be not simply good be good for something.

Henry David Thoreau

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams Live the life you've imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

In what concerns you much, do not think that you have companions know that you are alone in the world.

Henry David Thoreau

Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk.

Henry David Thoreau

Live each season as it passes breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.

Henry David Thoreau

What people say you cannot do, you try and find that you can.

Henry David Thoreau

What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on

Henry David Thoreau

Water is the only drink for a wise man.

Henry David Thoreau

Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.

Henry David Thoreau

The finest qualities of our nature, like the bloom on fruits, can be preserved only by the most delicate handling. Yet we do not treat ourselves nor one another thus tenderly.

Henry David Thoreau

Man is the artificer of his own happiness.

Henry David Thoreau

He enjoys true leisure who has time to improve his soul's estate.

Henry David Thoreau

Things do not change we change.

Henry David Thoreau

Every man is the builder of a temple called his body.

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book.

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau



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