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Henry David Thoreau (12 July 1817 – 6 May 1862) was an American writer and philosopher; born David Henry Thoreau

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1. “Simplify, simplify.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: Walden (1854): These are just a few samples, for more quotes from this work see: Walden.

2. “In wildness is the preservation of the world.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: Walking (1862): "Walking" began as a lecture called "The Wild," delivered by Henry at the Concord Lyceum on April 23, 1851. He gave this lecture many times, developing it into the essay finally published in the Atlantic Monthly after his death, in 1862.

3. “An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: Journals (1838-1859) April 20, 1840 http://www.walden.org/documents/file/Library/Thoreau/writings/Writings1906/07Journal01/Chapter4.pdf#page=134

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

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: Journals (1838-1859) August 19, 1851

5. “I heartily accept the motto, ‘That government is best which governs least’; and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe — ‘That government is best which governs not at all’; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: Civil Disobedience (1849)

6. “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

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7. “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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8. “Any fool can make a rule And any fool will mind it.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: Journals (1838-1859) February 3, 1860

9. “Unjust laws exist: shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once?”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: Civil Disobedience (1849)

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

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: Life Without Principle (1863): This essay was derived from the lecture "What Shall It Profit?" which Thoreau first delivered on 6 December 1854, at Railroad Hall in Providence, Rhode Island. He delivered it several times over the next two years, and edited it for publication before he died in 1862. It was first published in the October 1863 issue of The Atlantic Monthly where it was given its modern title.

11. “Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: Journals (1838-1859) 1847

12. “Any man more right than his neighbors constitutes a majority of one.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: Civil Disobedience (1849)

13. “It takes two to speak the truth, — one to speak, and another to hear.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), Wednesday

14. “The bluebird carries the sky on his back.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: Journals (1838-1859) April 3, 1852

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

—Henry David Thoreau

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16. “If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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17. “It is not enough to be industrious; so are the ants. What are you industrious about?”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: General sources Letter to Harrison Blake (16 November 1857)

18. “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

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19. “He who gives himself entirely to his fellow-men appears to them useless and selfish; but he who gives himself partially to them is pronounced a benefactor and philanthropist.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: Civil Disobedience (1849)

20. “I came into this world, not chiefly to make this a good place to live in, but to live in it, be it good or bad.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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21. “The perception of beauty is a moral test.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: Journals (1838-1859) June 21, 1852

22. “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

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Source: A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), Wednesday

23. “Life consists with wildness. The most alive is the wildest. Not yet subdued to man, its presence refreshes him.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: Walking (1862): "Walking" began as a lecture called "The Wild," delivered by Henry at the Concord Lyceum on April 23, 1851. He gave this lecture many times, developing it into the essay finally published in the Atlantic Monthly after his death, in 1862.

24. “I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself, than this incessant business.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: Life Without Principle (1863): This essay was derived from the lecture "What Shall It Profit?" which Thoreau first delivered on 6 December 1854, at Railroad Hall in Providence, Rhode Island. He delivered it several times over the next two years, and edited it for publication before he died in 1862. It was first published in the October 1863 issue of The Atlantic Monthly where it was given its modern title.

25. “Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: Journals (1838-1859) January 5, 1856

26. “I am as desirous of being a good neighbor as I am of being a bad subject.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: Civil Disobedience (1849)

27. “Dreams are the touchstones of our characters.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), Wednesday

28. “Money is not required to buy one necessity of the soul.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: Walden (1854): These are just a few samples, for more quotes from this work see: Walden.

29. “The youth gets together his materials to build a bridge to the moon, or, perchance, a palace or temple on the earth, and, at length, the middle-aged man concludes to build a woodshed with them.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: Journals (1838-1859) July 14, 1852

30. “That man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: Journals (1838-1859) March 11, 1856

31. “The savage in man is never quite eradicated.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: Journals (1838-1859) September 26, 1859

32. “The soldier is applauded who refuses to serve in an unjust war by those who do not refuse to sustain the unjust government which makes the war; is applauded by those whose own act and authority he disregards and sets at naught; as if the state were penitent to that degree that it hired one to scourge it while it sinned, but not to that degree that it left off sinning for a moment.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: Civil Disobedience (1849)

33. “When a sixth of the population of a nation which has undertaken to be the refuge of liberty are slaves, and a whole country is unjustly overrun and conquered by a foreign army, and subjected to military law, I think that it is not too soon for honest men to rebel and revolutionize. What makes this duty the more urgent is the fact that the country so overrun is not our own, but ours is the invading army.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: Civil Disobedience (1849)

34. “I saw that the State was half-witted, that it was timid as a lone woman with her silver spoons, and that it did not know its friends from its foes, and I lost all my remaining respect for it, and pitied it.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: Civil Disobedience (1849)

35. “For eighteen hundred years, though perchance I have no right to say it, the New Testament has been written; yet where is the legislator who has wisdom and practical talent enough to avail himself of the light which it sheds on the science of legislation?”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: Civil Disobedience (1849)

36. “My life has been the poem I would have writ, But I could not both live and utter it.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), Friday My Life Has Been a Poem I Would Have Writ

37. “Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end, an end which it was already but too easy to arrive at.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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38. “There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root, and it may be that he who bestows the largest amount of time and money on the needy is doing the most by his mode of life to produce that misery which he strives in vain to relieve.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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39. “If a man walk 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 whole day as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making earth bald before her time, he is esteemed an industrious and enterprising citizen. As if a town had no interest in its forests but to cut them down!”

—Henry David Thoreau

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40. “Talk of mysteries! — Think of our life in nature, — daily to be shown matter, to come in contact with it, — rocks, trees, wind on our cheeks! The solid earth! the actual world! the common sense! Contact! Contact! Who are we? where are we?”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: General sources The Maine Woods, Ktaadn, Pt. 6 (1848)

41. “That virtue we appreciate is as much ours as another's. We see so much only as we possess.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: Journals (1838-1859) June 22, 1839

42. “It is a great art to saunter.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: Journals (1838-1859) April 26, 1841

43. “No man with a genius for legislation has appeared in America. They are rare in the history of the world. There are orators, politicians, and eloquent men, by the thousand; but the speaker has not yet opened his mouth to speak who is capable of settling the much-vexed questions of the day.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: Civil Disobedience (1849)

44. “The progress from an absolute to a limited monarchy, from a limited monarchy to a democracy, is a progress toward a true respect for the individual.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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45. “There are other letters for the child to learn than those which Cadmus invented.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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46. “My desire for knowledge is intermittent; but my desire to bathe my head in atmospheres unknown to my feet is perennial and constant. The highest that we can attain to is not Knowledge, but Sympathy with Intelligence. I do not know that this higher knowledge amounts to anything more definite than a novel and grand surprise on a sudden revelation of the insufficiency of all that we called Knowledge before — a discovery that there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamed of in our philosophy.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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47. “My books I'd fain cast off, I cannot read, 'Twixt every page my thoughts go stray at large Down in the meadow, where is richer feed, And will not mind to hit their proper targe.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: General sources The Summer Rain, st. 1 (1842)

48. “Here while I lie beneath this walnut bough, What care I for the Greeks or for Troy town, If juster battles are enacted now Between the ants upon this hummock's crown?”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: General sources The Summer Rain, st. 3

49. “They who know of no purer sources of truth, who have traced up its stream no higher, stand, and wisely stand, by the Bible and the Constitution, and drink at it there with reverence and humility; but they who behold where it comes trickling into this lake or that pool, gird up their loins once more, and continue their pilgrimage toward its fountain-head.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: Civil Disobedience (1849)

50. “This world is but canvas to our imaginations.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), Wednesday

51. “Man flows at once to God when the channel of purity is open.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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52. “Most men would feel insulted, if it were proposed to employ them in throwing stones over a wall, and then in throwing them back, merely that they might earn their wages. But many are no more worthily employed now.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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53. “Men rush to California and Australia as if the true gold were to be found in that direction; but that is to go to the very opposite extreme to where it lies. They go prospecting farther and farther away from the true lead, and are most unfortunate when they think themselves most successful.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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54. “My life is like a stroll upon the beach, As near the ocean's edge as I can go.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: General sources The Fisher's Boy, Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908). An American Anthology, 1787–1900

55. “..men remain in their present low and primitive condition; but if they should feel the influence of the spring of springs arousing them, they would of necessity rise to a higher and more ethereal life.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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56. “Whatever my own practice may be, I have no doubt that it is a part of the destiny of the human race, in its gradual improvement, to leave off eating animals, as surely as the savage tribes have left off eating each other when they came in contact with the more civilized.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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57. “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 … In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: Walden (1854): These are just a few samples, for more quotes from this work see: Walden. Commonly misquoted, converted to imperative mood, as "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".

58. “A living dog is better than a dead lion. Shall a man go and hang himself because he belongs to the race of pygmies, and not be the biggest pygmy that he can? Let every one mind his own business, and endeavor to be what he was made. Why should we be in such desperate haste 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. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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59. “The ways by which you may get money almost without exception lead downward. To have done anything by which you earned money merely is to have been truly idle or worse. If the laborer gets no more than the wages which his employer pays him, he is cheated, he cheats himself.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: Life Without Principle (1863): This essay was derived from the lecture "What Shall It Profit?" which Thoreau first delivered on 6 December 1854, at Railroad Hall in Providence, Rhode Island. He delivered it several times over the next two years, and edited it for publication before he died in 1862. It was first published in the October 1863 issue of The Atlantic Monthly where it was given its modern title.

60. “I wish to suggest that a man may be very industrious, and yet not spend his time well. There is no more fatal blunderer than he who consumes the greater part of his life getting his living. All great enterprises are self-supporting. The poet, for instance, must sustain his body by his poetry, as a steam planing-mill feeds its boilers with the shavings it makes. You must get your living by loving.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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61. “To speak impartially, the best men that I know are not serene, a world in themselves. For the most part, they dwell in forms, and flatter and study effect only more finely than the rest. We select granite for the underpinning of our houses and barns; we build fences of stone; but we do not ourselves rest on an underpinning of granitic truth, the lowest primitive rock. Our sills are rotten.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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62. “When our life ceases to be inward and private, conversation degenerates into mere gossip. We rarely meet a man who can tell us any news which he has not read in a newspaper, or been told by his neighbor; and, for the most part, the only difference between us and our fellow is, that he has seen the newspaper, or been out to tea, and we have not. In proportion as our inward life fails, we go more constantly and desperately to the post-office.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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63. “A gun gives you the body, not the bird.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: General sources Quoted by Ralph Waldo Emerson in Talks with Ralph Waldo Emerson (1890) by Charles Johnson Woodbury

64. “On the death of a friend, we should consider that the fates through confidence have devolved on us the task of a double living, that we have henceforth to fulfill the promise of our friend's life also, in our own, to the world.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: Journals (1838-1859) February 28, 1840

65. “We are apt to imagine that this hubbub of Philosophy, Literature, and Religion, which is heard in pulpits, lyceums, and parlors, vibrates through the universe, and is as catholic a sound as the creaking of the earth's axle. But if a man sleeps soundly, he will forget it all between sunset and dawn.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: Journals (1838-1859) January 6, 1842

66. “Fire is the most tolerable third party.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: Journals (1838-1859) January 2, 1853

67. “It is in vain to dream of a wildness distant from ourselves.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: Journals (1838-1859) August 30, 1856

68. “Even the death of Friends will inspire us as much as their lives. They will leave consolation to the mourners, as the rich leave money to defray the expenses of their funerals, and their memories will be incrusted over with sublime and pleasing thoughts, as monuments of other men are overgrown with moss; for our Friends have no place in the graveyard.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), Wednesday

69. “If you can speak what you will never hear, if you can write what you will never read, you have done rare things.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), Thursday

70. “The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer. I am surprised, as well as delighted, when this happens, it is such a rare use he would make of me, as if he were acquainted with the tool.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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71. “Those services which the community will most readily pay for it is most disagreeable to render. You are paid for being something less than a man.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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72. “As for my own business, even that kind of surveying which I could do with most satisfaction my employers do not want. They would prefer that I should do my work coarsely and not too well, ay, not well enough. When I observe that there are different ways of surveying, my employer commonly asks which will give him the most land, not which is most correct.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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73. “The community has no bribe that will tempt a wise man. You may raise money enough to tunnel a mountain, but you cannot raise money enough to hire a man who is minding his own business. An efficient and valuable man does what he can, whether the community pay him for it or not. The inefficient offer their inefficiency to the highest bidder, and are forever expecting to be put into office. One would suppose that they were rarely disappointed.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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74. “The title wise is, for the most part, falsely applied. How can one be a wise man, if he does not know any better how to live than other men? — if he is only more cunning and intellectually subtle?”

—Henry David Thoreau

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75. “The rush to California, for instance, and the attitude, not merely of merchants, but of philosophers and prophets, so called, in relation to it, reflect the greatest disgrace on mankind. That so many are ready to live by luck, and so get the means of commanding the labor of others less lucky, without contributing any value to society!”

—Henry David Thoreau

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76. “I did not know that mankind were suffering for want of gold. I have seen a little of it. I know that it is very malleable, but not so malleable as wit. A grain of gold will gild a great surface, but not so much as a grain of wisdom.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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77. “Howitt says of the man who found the great nugget which weighed twenty-eight pounds, at the Bendigo diggings in Australia: — ‘He soon began to drink; got a horse, and rode all about, generally at full gallop, and, when he met people, called out to inquire if they knew who he was, and then kindly informed them that he was 'the bloody wretch that had found the nugget.' At last he rode full speed against a tree, and nearly knocked his brains out.’ I think, however, there was no danger of that, for he had already knocked his brains out against the nugget.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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78. “It is remarkable that among all the preachers there are so few moral teachers. The prophets are employed in excusing the ways of men.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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79. “In our science and philosophy, even, there is commonly no true and absolute account of things. The spirit of sect and bigotry has planted its hoof amid the stars. You have only to discuss the problem, whether the stars are inhabited or not, in order to discover it.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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80. “I hardly know an intellectual man, even, who is so broad and truly liberal that you can think aloud in his society. Most with whom you endeavor to talk soon come to a stand against some institution in which they appear to hold stock, — that is, some particular, not universal, way of viewing things.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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81. “While there are manners and compliments we do not meet, we do not teach one another the lessons of honesty and sincerity that the brutes do, or of steadiness and solidity that the rocks do. The fault is commonly mutual, however; for we do not habitually demand any more of each other.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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82. “I do not know but it is too much to read one newspaper a week. I have tried it recently, and for so long it seems to me that I have not dwelt in my native region. The sun, the clouds, the snow, the trees say not so much to me. You cannot serve two masters. It requires more than a day's devotion to know and to possess the wealth of a day.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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83. “We do not live for idle amusement. I would not run round a corner to see the world blow up.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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84. “Do we call this the land of the free? What is it to be free from King George and continue the slaves of King Prejudice? What is it to be born free and not to live free? What is the value of any political freedom, but as a means to moral freedom? Is it a freedom to be slaves, or a freedom to be free, of which we boast? We are a nation of politicians, concerned about the outmost defences only of freedom. It is our children's children who may perchance be really free.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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85. “With respect to a true culture and manhood, we are essentially provincial still, not metropolitan, — mere Jonathans. We are provincial, because we do not find at home our standards, — because we do not worship truth, but the reflection of truth, — because we are warped and narrowed by an exclusive devotion to trade and commerce and manufactures and agriculture and the like, which are but means, and not the end.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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86. “The finest manners in the world are awkwardness and fatuity, when contrasted with a finer intelligence.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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87. “Where there is a lull of truth, an institution springs up. But the truth blows right on over it, nevertheless, and at length blows it down.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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88. “What is called politics is comparatively something so superficial and inhuman, that, practically, I have never fairly recognized that it concerns me at all. The newspapers, I perceive, devote some of their columns specially to politics or government without charge; and this, one would say, is all that saves it; but, as I love literature, and, to some extent, the truth also, I never read those columns at any rate. I do not wish to blunt my sense of right so much.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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89. “Those things which now most engage the attention of men, as politics and the daily routine, are, it is true, vital functions of human society, but should be unconsciously performed, like the corresponding functions of the physical body. They are infra-human, a kind of vegetation. I sometimes awake to a half-consciousness of them going on about me, as a man may become conscious of some of the processes of digestion in a morbid state, and so have the dyspepsia, as it is called.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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90. “The fate of the country does not depend on how you vote at the polls — the worst man is as strong as the best at that game; it does not depend on what kind of paper you drop into the ballot-box once a year, but on what kind of man you drop from your chamber into the street every morning.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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91. “I hear beyond the range of sound, I see beyond the range of sight, New earths and skies and seas around, And in my day the sun doth pale his light.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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92. “For many years I was self-appointed inspector of snowstorms and rainstorms, and did my duty faithfully, though I never received one cent for it.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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93. “If you are describing any occurrence... make two or more distinct reports at different times... We discriminate at first only a few features, and we need to reconsider our experience from many points of view and in various moods in order to perceive the whole.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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94. “I trust that some may be as near and dear to Buddha, or Christ, or Swedenborg, who are without the pale of their churches. It is necessary not to be Christian to appreciate the beauty and significance of the life of Christ. I know that some will have hard thoughts of me, when they hear their Christ named beside my Buddha, yet I am sure that I am willing they should love their Christ more than my Buddha, for the love is the main thing, and I like him too.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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95. “The vessel, though her masts be firm, Beneath her copper bears a worm.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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96. “The unconsciousness of man is the consciousness of God.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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97. “I will not talk about people a thousand miles off, but come as near home as I can. As the time is short, I will leave out all the flattery, and retain all the criticism. Let us consider the way in which we spend our lives.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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98. “Merely to come into the world the heir of a fortune is not to be born, but to be still-born, rather. To be supported by the charity of friends, or a government-pension, — provided you continue to breathe, — by whatever fine synonymes you describe these relations, is to go into the almshouse.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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99. “In the Catholic Church, especially, they go into chancery, make a clean confession, give up all, and think to start again. Thus men will lie on their backs, talking about the fall of man, and never make an effort to get up.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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100. “In some lyceums they tell me that they have voted to exclude the subject of religion. But how do I know what their religion is, and when I am near to or far from it? I have walked into such an arena and done my best to make a clean breast of what religion I have experienced, and the audience never suspected what I was about.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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101. “We may well be ashamed to tell what things we have read or heard in our day. I do not know why my news should be so trivial, — considering what one's dreams and expectations are, why the developments should be so paltry. The news we hear, for the most part, is not news to our genius. It is the stalest repetition.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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102. “Whate'er we leave to God, God does And blesses us.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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103. “Truth, Goodness, Beauty — those celestial thrins, Continually are born; e'en now the Universe, With thousand throats, and eke with greener smiles, Its joy confesses at their recent birth.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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104. “Sphere Music — Some sounds seem to reverberate along the plain, and then settle to earth again like dust; such are Noise, Discord, Jargon. But such only as spring heavenward, and I may catch from steeples and hilltops in their upward course, which are the more refined parts of the former, are the true sphere music — pure, unmixed music — in which no wail mingles.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: Journals (1838-1859) August 5, 1838

105. “Have no mean hours, but be grateful for every hour, and accept what it brings. The reality will make any sincere record respectable. No day will have been wholly misspent, if one sincere, thoughtful page has been written. Let the daily tide leave some deposit on these pages, as it leaves sand and shells on the shore. So much increase of terra firma. this may be a calendar of the ebbs and flows of the soul; and on these sheets as a beach, the waves may cast up pearls and seaweed.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: Journals (1838-1859) July 6, 1840

106. “Who looks in the sun will see no light else; but also he will see no shadow. Our life revolves unceasingly, but the centre is ever the same, and the wise will regard only the seasons of the soul.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: Journals (1838-1859) March 10, 1841

107. “We are as much as we see. Faith is sight and knowledge. The hands only serve the eyes.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: Journals (1838-1859) April 9, 1841

108. “The Indian...stands free and unconstrained in Nature, is her inhabitant and not her guest, and wears her easily and gracefully. But the civilized man has the habits of the house. His house is a prison.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: Journals (1838-1859) April 26, 1841

109. “A slight sound at evening lifts me up by the ears, and makes life seem inexpressibly serene and grand. It may be Uranus, or it may be in the shutter.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: Journals (1838-1859) July 10-12, 1841

110. “One cannot too soon forget his errors and misdemeanors. To dwell long upon them is to add to the offense. Repentance and sorrow can only be displaced by something better, which is as free and original as if they had not been.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: Journals (1838-1859) January 9, 1842

111. “And now, at half-past ten o'clock, I hear the cockerels crow in Hubbard's barns, and morning is already anticipated. It is the feathered, wakeful thought in us that anticipates the following day.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: Journals (1838-1859) July 11, 1851

112. “Nothing is so much to be feared as fear. Atheism may comparatively be popular with God himself.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: Journals (1838-1859) September 7, 1851

113. “Every poet has trembled on the verge of science.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: Journals (1838-1859) July 18, 1852

114. “The same law that shapes the earth-star shapes the snow-star. As surely as the petals of a flower are fixed, each of these countless snow-stars comes whirling to earth...these glorious spangles, the sweeping of heaven's floor.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: Journals (1838-1859) January 5, 1856

115. “This bird sees the white man come and the Indian withdraw, but it withdraws not. Its untamed voice is still heard above the tinkling of the forge... It remains to remind us of aboriginal nature.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: Journals (1838-1859) March 23, 1856

116. “The commonest and cheapest sounds, as the barking of a dog, produce the same effect on fresh and healthy ears that the rarest music does. It depends on your appetite for sound. Just as a crust is sweeter to a healthy appetite than confectionery to a pampered or diseased one.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: Journals (1838-1859) December 27, 1857

117. “You must love the crust of the earth on which you dwell more than the sweet crust of any bread or cake; you must be able to extract nutriment out of a sand heap.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: Journals (1838-1859) January 25, 1858

118. “How does it become a man to behave toward this American government today? I answered that he cannot without disgrace be associated with it.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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119. “Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison... the only house in a slave State in which a free man can abide with honor.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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120. “A very few, as heroes, patriots, martyrs, reformers in the great sense, and men, serve the State with their consciences also, and so necessarily resist it for the most part; and they are commonly treated by it as enemies.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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121. “The rich man... is always sold to the institution which makes him rich.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: Civil Disobedience (1849)

122. “Some old poet's grand imagination is imposed on us as adamantine everlasting truth, and God's own word! Pythagoras says, truly enough, ‘A true assertion respecting God, is an assertion of God’; but we may well doubt if there is any example of this in literature.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), Sunday

123. “It is remarkable, that almost all speakers and writers feel it to be incumbent on them, sooner or later, to prove or to acknowledge the personality of God. … In reading a work on agriculture, we have to skip the author's moral reflections, and the words ‘Providence’ and ‘He’ scattered along the page, to come at the profitable level of what he has to say. What he calls his religion is for the most part offensive to the nostrils. … There is more religion in men's science than there is science in their religion.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), Sunday

124. “Far from New England's blustering shore, New England's worm her hulk shall bore, And sink her in the Indian seas, Twine, wine, and hides, and China teas.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), Monday Monday, Though All the Fates Should Prove Unkind, st. 2

125. “It would be worth the while to look closely into the eye which has been open and seeing at such hours, and in such solitudes, its dull, yellowish, greenish eye. Methinks my own soul must be a bright invisible green.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), Wednesday

126. “The frontiers are not east or west, north or south, but wherever a man fronts a fact, though that fact be his neighbor, there is an unsettled wilderness between him and Canada, between him and the setting sun, or, farther still, between him and it.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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Source: A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), Thursday

127. “A true account of the actual is the rarest poetry, for common sense always takes a hasty and superficial view.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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128. “Poetry is the mysticism of mankind.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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129. “A poem is one undivided unimpeded expression fallen ripe into literature, and it is undividedly and unimpededly received by those for whom it was matured.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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130. “As if our birth had at first sundered things, and we had been thrust up through into nature like a wedge, and not till the wound heals and the scar disappears, do we begin to discover where we are, and that nature is one and continuous everywhere.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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131. “What are the earth and all its interests beside the deep surmise which pierces and scatters them?”

—Henry David Thoreau

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132. “It is so rare to meet with a man out-doors who cherishes a worthy thought in his mind, which is independent of the labor of his hands.”

—Henry David Thoreau

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133. “He would have left a Greek accent slanting the wrong way, and righted up a falling man.”

—Henry David Thoreau