Henry David Thoreau: Walden

Henry David Thoreau: Walden

Empire Books

In 1845, Henry David Thoreau moved into a cabin by Walden Pond. With the intention of immersing himself in nature and distancing himself from the distractions of social life, Thoreau sustained his retreat for just over two years. More popular than ever, Walden is a paean to the virtues of simplicity and self-sufficiency.



You cannot kill time without injuring eternity.

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I have never found a companion so companionable as solitude.

With a little more deliberation in the choice of their pursuits, all men would perhaps become essentially students and observers.

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Through want of enterprise and faith men are where they are, buying and selling, and spending their lives like serfs.

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There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.

I should not talk so much about myself if there were anybody else whom I knew as well.

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If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him keep step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.

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

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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.

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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.

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.

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

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