henry david thoreau Quotes

I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that 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.
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— Henry David Thoreau
Dreams are the touchstones of our characters.
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— Henry David Thoreau
The question is not what you look at, but what you see.
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— Henry David Thoreau
Any fool can make a rule And any fool will mind it.
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— Henry David Thoreau
It is never too late to give up your prejudices.
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— Henry David Thoreau
It takes two to speak the truth: one to speak, and another to hear.
— Henry David Thoreau
Resign yourself to the influence of the earth.
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— Henry David Thoreau
What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.
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— Henry David Thoreau
Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.
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— Henry David Thoreau
Why should I feel lonely? is not our planet in the Milky Way?
— Henry David Thoreau
Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.
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— Henry David Thoreau
I find it wholesome to be alone the greater part of the time. To be in company, even with the best, is soon wearisome and dissipating. I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.
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— Henry David Thoreau
The only way to speak the truth is to speak lovingly.
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— Henry David Thoreau
In society, in the best institutions of men, it is easy to detect a certain precocity. When we should still be growing children, we are already little men. Give me a culture which imports much muck from the meadows, and deepens the soil,-not that which trusts to heating manures, and improved implements, and modes of culture only!
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— Henry David Thoreau
Time is like a handful of sand - the tighter you grasp it, the faster it runs through your fingers.
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— Henry David Thoreau
If a plant cannot live according to its nature, it dies; and so a man.
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— Henry David Thoreau
There is no remedy for love but to love more.
— 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.
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— Henry David Thoreau
When it's time to die, let us not discover that we have never lived.
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— Henry David Thoreau
The greatest tragedy in life is to spend your whole life fishing only to discover it was never fish that you were after.
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— Henry David Thoreau
An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.
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— Henry David Thoreau
It's the beauty within us that makes it possible for us to recognize the beauty around us. The question is not what you look at but what you see.
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— Henry David Thoreau
be yourself- not your idea of what you think somebody else's idea of yourself should be.
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— Henry David Thoreau
It is an interesting question how far men would retain their relative rank if they were divested of their clothes.
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— Henry David Thoreau
It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right.
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— Henry David Thoreau
It is not part of a true culture to tame tigers, any more than it is to make sheep ferocious.
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— Henry David Thoreau
Faith keeps many doubts in her pay. If I could not doubt, I should not believe.
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— Henry David Thoreau
To be admitted to Nature's hearth costs nothing. None is excluded, but excludes himself. You have only to push aside the curtain.
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— Henry David Thoreau
Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.
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— Henry David Thoreau
To a philosopher all news, as it is called, is gossip, and they who edit and read it are old women over their tea.
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— Henry David Thoreau
As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.
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— Henry David Thoreau
The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.
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— Henry David Thoreau
Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.
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— Henry David Thoreau
Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.
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— Henry David Thoreau
Goodness is the only investment that never fails.
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— Henry David Thoreau
I put a piece of paper under my pillow, and when I could not sleep I wrote in the dark.
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— Henry David Thoreau
Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.
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— Henry David Thoreau
All this worldly wisdom was once the unamiable heresy of some wise man.
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— Henry David Thoreau
The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.
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— Henry David Thoreau
Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.
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— Henry David Thoreau
henry david thoreau
Birth    : July 12, 1817
Death  : May 6, 1862
Occupation  : Author