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Henry David Thoreau

Concord, Massachusetts
Henry David Thoreau
Concord, Massachusetts

Quotes

11 November 2014
How sweet it would be to treat men and things, for an hour, for just what they are!
11 November 2014
Where shall we look for standard English but to the words of a standard man?
11 November 2014
For the most part we allow only outlying and transient circumstances to make our occasions. They are, in fact, the cause of our distraction.
11 November 2014
Every day our garments become more assimilated to ourselves, receiving the impress of the wearer's character, until we hesitate to lay them aside without such delay and medical appliances and some such solemnity even as our bodies.
11 November 2014
Truly the stars were given for a consolation to man.
11 November 2014
I have seen some whose consciences, owing undoubtedly to former indulgence, had grown to be as irritable as spoilt children, and at length gave them no peace. They did not know when to swallow their cud, and their lives of course yielded no milk.
11 November 2014
Deep are the foundations of sincerity. Even stone walls have their foundation below the frost.
11 November 2014
To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity, and trust. It is to solve some of the problems of life, not only theoretically, but practically.
11 November 2014
The stillness was intense and almost conscious, as if it were a natural Sabbath, and we fancied that the morning was the evening of a celestial day.
11 November 2014
Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.

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