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Henry David Thoreau Quotes


American writer and philosopher.
(1817 - 1862)

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A broad margin of leisure is as beautiful in a man's life as in a book. Haste makes waste, no less in life than in housekeeping. Keep the time, observe the hours of the universe, not of the cars.
 

A man cannot be said to succeed in this life who does not satisfy one friend.
[Friendship]
 

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

A man's interest in a single bluebird is worth more than a complete but dry list of the fauna and flora of a town.
 

A simple and independent mind does not toil at the bidding of any prince.
 

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.
 

After the first blush of sin comes its indifference.
 

Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.
[Morality]
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Alas! how little does the memory of these human inhabitants enhance the beauty of the landscape!
 

All endeavor calls for the ability to tramp the last mile, shape the last plan, endure the last hours toil. The fight to the finish spirit is the one... characteristic we must posses if we are to face the future as finishers.
 

All good things are wild, and free.
 

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

All perception of truth is the detection of an analogy.
 

All sensuality is one, though it takes many forms, as all purity is one. It is the same whether a man eat, or drink, or cohabit, or sleep sensually. They are but one appetite, and we only need to see a person do any one of these things to know how great a sensualist he is.
[Sensuality]
 

All this worldly wisdom was once the unamiable heresy of some wise man.
[Wisdom]
 

An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.
 

An unclean person is universally a slothful one.
 

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

As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.
 

As for doing good; that is one of the professions which is full. Moreover I have tried it fairly and, strange as it may seem, am satisfied that it does not agree with my constitution.
 


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