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Best Famous Henry David Thoreau Quotes

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Famous Henry David Thoreau Quotes

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Quote Left Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth. I sat at a table where were rich food and wine in abundance, and obsequious attendance, but sincerity and truth were not; and I went away hungry from the inhospitable board. Quote Right
Quote Left Do what you love. Know your own bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw it still. Quote Right

Quote Left The language of friendship is not words but meanings. Friendship Quote Right
Quote Left What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us. Quote Right
Quote Left The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend. Friendship Quote Right
Quote Left Ignorance and bungling with love are better than wisdom and skill without. Quote Right
Quote Left In wilderness is the preservation of the world. Quote Right
Quote Left The true harvest of my daily life is somewhat as intangible and indescribable as the tints of morning or evening. It is a little star-dust cau... Quote Right
Quote Left 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. Quote Right
Quote Left The indescribable innocence and beneficence of Nature,—of sun and wind and rain, of summer and winter,—such health, such cheer, they affor... Quote Right
Quote Left Measure your health by your sympathy with morning and spring. If there is no response in you to the awakening of nature—if the prospect of a... Quote Right
Quote Left The squirrel that you kill in jest, dies in earnest. Quote Right
Quote Left 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. We are for the most part more lonely when we go abroad among men than when we stay in our chambers. A man thinking or working is always alone, let him be where he will. Solitude is not measured by the miles of space that intervene between a man and his fellows. Quote Right
Quote Left Money is not required to buy one necessity of the soul. Quote Right
Quote Left While I enjoy the friendship of the seasons I trust that nothing can make life a burden to me. Quote Right
Quote Left Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something. Quote Right
Quote Left I say beware of all enterprises that require new clothes, and not rather a new wearer of clothes. Quote Right
Quote Left There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root. Quote Right
Quote Left I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. Quote Right
Quote Left What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. Quote Right
Quote Left Be not simply good - be good for something. Quote Right
Quote Left 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. Quote Right
Quote Left It is an interesting question how far men would retain their relative rank if they were divested of their clothes. Quote Right
Quote Left The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run. Quote Right
Quote Left The setting sun is reflected from the windows of the alms-house as brightly as from the rich man's abode; the snow melts before its door as early in the spring. -- Quote Right
Quote Left The fibers of all things have their tension and are strained like the strings of an instrument. Quote Right
Quote Left Write while the heat is in you. The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron which has cooled to burn a hole with. He cannot inflame the minds of his audience. Quote Right
Quote Left Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new. Quote Right
Quote Left There is more of good nature than of good sense at the bottom of most marriages. Quote Right
Quote Left We feel at first as if some opportunities of kindness and sympathy were lost, but learn afterward that any pure grief is ample recompense for all. That is, if we are faithful; -- for a spent grief is but sympathy with the soul that disposes events, and is as natural as the resin of Arabian trees. -- Only nature has a right to grieve perpetually, for she only is innocent. Soon the ice will melt, and the blackbirds sing along the river which he frequented, as pleasantly as ever. The same everlasting serenity will appear in this face of God, and we will not be sorrowful, if he is not. Quote Right
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