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Henry David Thoreau

Concord, Massachusetts
Henry David Thoreau
Concord, Massachusetts

Quotes

11 November 2014
Steady labor with the hands, which engrosses the attention also, is unquestionably the best method of removing palaver and sentimentality out of one's style, both of speaking and writing.
11 November 2014
Far travel, very far travel, or travail, comes near to the worth of staying at home.
11 November 2014
While making this portage I saw many splendid specimens of the great purple fringed orchis, three feet high. It is remarkable that such delicate flowers should here adorn these wilderness paths.
11 November 2014
To some extent, and at rare intervals, even I am a yogi.
11 November 2014
At most, it tolerates one annual loon.
11 November 2014
Say to the farmer: There is your crop; here is mine. Mine is a sugar to sweeten sugar with. If you will listen to me, I will sweeten your whole load,—your whole life.
11 November 2014
The fact that Romans once inhabited her reflects no little dignity on Nature herself; that from some particular hill the Roman once looked out on the sea.
11 November 2014
We shall be reduced to gnaw the very crust of the earth for nutriment.
11 November 2014
The poet is a man who lives at last by watching his moods. An old poet comes at last to watch his moods as narrowly as a cat does a mouse.
11 November 2014
It was not the hero I admired, but the reflection from his epaulet or helmet. It is nothing (for us) permanently inherent in another, but his attitude or relation to what we prize, that we admire.

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