Henry David Thoreau

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



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



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



Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.



All good things are wild, and free.



All perception of truth is the detection of an analogy.



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



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



As for the pyramids, there is nothing to wonder at in them so much as the fact that so many men could be found degraded enough to spend their lives constructing a tomb for some ambitious booby, whom it would have been wiser and manlier to have drowned in the Nile, and then given his body to the dogs.



As if there were safety in stupidity alone.



As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.



Be not simply good - be good for something.



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



Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than this incessant business.



Cultivate the habit of early rising. It is unwise to keep the head long on a level with the feet.



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



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



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



Do not lose hold of your dreams or aspirations. For if you do, you may still exist but you have ceased to live.



Good poetry seems too simple and natural a thing that when we meet it we wonder that all men are not always poets. Poetry is nothing but healthy speech.



Heroes are often the most ordinary of men.



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



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



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. God will see that you do want society.



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.



I derive no pleasure from talking with a young woman simply because she has regular features.



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



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



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



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



I 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.



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.



I stand in awe of my body.



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 he hears, how ever measured or far away.



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.



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 faraway.



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.



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



If the day and the night are such that you greet them with with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs, more elastic, more starry, more immortal--that is your success.



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.



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



In dreams we see ourselves naked and acting our real characters, even more clearly than we see others awake.



In solitude especialy do we begin to appreciate the advantage of living with someone who can think.



In the long run you only hit what you aim at. Therefore, though you should fail immediately, you had better aim at something high.



In the long run, you hit only what you aim at: Therefore aim high.



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



In wilderness is the preservation of the world.



It is characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.



It is never too late to give up your prejudices.



It is pleasant to have been to a place the way a river went.



It takes two to speak the truth--one to speak and the other to hear.



Let your life be a counter friction to stop the machine.



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



Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.



Men are born to succeed, not fail.



Men have become the tools of their tools



Men have become the tools of their tools.



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.



Most people dread finding out when they come to die that they have never really lived.



Must be out-of-doors enough to get experience of wholesome reality, as a ballast to thought and sentiment. Health requires this relaxation, this aimless life



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



Not till we are lost, in other words, not till we have lost the world, do we begin to find ourselves, and realize the infinite extent of our relations.



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



Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.



Our truest life is when we are in our dreams awake.



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



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



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



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



That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.



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.



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



The way by which you may get money almost without exception leads downward.



There is no remedy for love but to love more.



Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in. I drink at it; but while I drink, I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is. Its thin current slides away, but eternity remains. I would drink deeper; fish fill the sky, whose bottom is pebbly with stars. I cannot count one. I know not the first letter of the alphabet. I have always been regretting that I was not as wise as the day I was born.



To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, not even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity, and trust.



To regret deeply is to live afresh.



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



Water is the only drink for a wise man.



We are armed with language adequate to describe each leaf of the filed, but not to describe human character.



We do not learn by inference and deduction and the application of mathematics to philosophy, but by direct intercourse and sympathy.



We falsely attribute to men a determined character - putting together all their yesterdays - and averaging them - we presume we know them. Pity the man who has character to support - it is worse than a large family - he is the silent poor indeed.



We must have infinite faith in each other. If we have not, we must never let it leak out that we have not.



What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.



What men call good fellowship is commonly but the virtue of pigs in a litter which lie close together to keep each other warm.



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



[Water is] the only drink for a wise man.







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