Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau

American author, philosopher
12 July 1817 — 6 May 1862

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

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I have found repeatedly, of late years, that I cannot fish without falling a little in self respect.

The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.

I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.

Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.

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

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

Things do not change; we change.

If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.

All good things are wild and free.

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.

Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes.

There is no remedy for love, but to love more.

Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.

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.


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