Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau

American author, philosopher
12 July 1817 — 6 May 1862

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

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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.

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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.

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

It`s not what you look at that matters, it`s what you see.

Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.

If Nature is our mother, then God is our father.


Every part of nature teaches that the passing away of one life is the making room for another.

Dreams are the touchstones of our character.

In human intercourse the tragedy begins, not when there is misunderstanding about words, but when silence is not understood.

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


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