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    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.
    — Henry David Thoreau
    tags: live  dreams  success 
     
    Dreams are the touchstones of our characters.
    — Henry David Thoreau
    tags: character  dreams 
     
    The question is not what you look at, but what you see.
    — Henry David Thoreau
    tags: questions 
     
    Any fool can make a rule And any fool will mind it.
    — Henry David Thoreau
    tags: rules  mind  fools 
     
    It is never too late to give up your prejudices.
    — Henry David Thoreau
    tags: prejudice 
     
    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.
    — Henry David Thoreau
    tags: earth  influence 
     
    What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.
    — Henry David Thoreau
    tags: live  lies 
     
    Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.
    — Henry David Thoreau
    tags: men  live  song 
     
    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.
    — Henry David Thoreau
    tags: lost 
     
    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.
    — Henry David Thoreau
    The only way to speak the truth is to speak lovingly.
    — Henry David Thoreau
    tags: truth 
     
    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!
    — Henry David Thoreau
    Time is like a handful of sand - the tighter you grasp it, the faster it runs through your fingers.
    — Henry David Thoreau
    tags: time 
     
    If a plant cannot live according to its nature, it dies; and so a man.
    — Henry David Thoreau
    tags: nature  men  live 
     
    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.
    — Henry David Thoreau
    tags: time  men  earth  danger 
     
    When it's time to die, let us not discover that we have never lived.
    — Henry David Thoreau
    tags: time  die 
     
    The greatest tragedy in life is to spend your whole life fishing only to discover it was never fish that you were after.
    — Henry David Thoreau
    tags: tragedy 
     
    An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.
    — Henry David Thoreau
    tags: blessing 
     
    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.
    — Henry David Thoreau
    tags: beauty  questions 
     
    be yourself- not your idea of what you think somebody else's idea of yourself should be.
    — Henry David Thoreau
    tags: ideas 
     
    It is an interesting question how far men would retain their relative rank if they were divested of their clothes.
    — Henry David Thoreau
    tags: men  questions 
     
    It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right.
    — Henry David Thoreau
    tags: respect  law  right 
     
    It is not part of a true culture to tame tigers, any more than it is to make sheep ferocious.
    — Henry David Thoreau
    tags: culture  true 
     
    Faith keeps many doubts in her pay. If I could not doubt, I should not believe.
    — Henry David Thoreau
    tags: believe  doubt  faith 
     
    To be admitted to Nature's hearth costs nothing. None is excluded, but excludes himself. You have only to push aside the curtain.
    — Henry David Thoreau
    tags: nature 
     
    Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.
    — Henry David Thoreau
    tags: fashion 
     
    To a philosopher all news, as it is called, is gossip, and they who edit and read it are old women over their tea.
    — Henry David Thoreau
    tags: women  philosopher  read 
     
    As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.
    — Henry David Thoreau
    tags: time  eternity 
     
    The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.
    — Henry David Thoreau
    Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.
    — Henry David Thoreau
    tags: rules  mind  fools 
     
    Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.
    — Henry David Thoreau
    tags: men  earth  sky  god 
     
    Goodness is the only investment that never fails.
    — Henry David Thoreau
    tags: goodness  fail 
     
    I put a piece of paper under my pillow, and when I could not sleep I wrote in the dark.
    — Henry David Thoreau
    tags: sleep  dark 
     
    Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.
    — Henry David Thoreau
    tags: path 
     
    All this worldly wisdom was once the unamiable heresy of some wise man.
    — Henry David Thoreau
    tags: men  wise  wisdom 
     
    The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.
    — Henry David Thoreau
    tags: travel  men  alone 
     
    Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.
    — Henry David Thoreau
    tags: success 
     
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    henry david thoreau
    Birth    : July 12, 1817
    Death  : May 6, 1862
    Occupation  : Author