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Henry David Thoreau

Concord, Massachusetts
Henry David Thoreau
Concord, Massachusetts

Quotes

11 November 2014
We have heard much about the poetry of mathematics, but very little of it has yet been sung. The ancients had a juster notion of their poetic value than we.
11 November 2014
The poet will write for his peers alone. He will remember only that he saw truth and beauty from his position, and expect the time when a vision as broad shall overlook the same field as freely.
11 November 2014
The divinity in man is the true vestal fire of the temple which is never permitted to go out, but burns as steadily and with as pure a flame on the obscure provincial altar as in Numa's temple at Rome.
11 November 2014
What is called resignation is confirmed desperation.
11 November 2014
I have not the most definite designs on the future.
11 November 2014
The murmurs of many a famous river on the other side of the globe reach even to us here, as to more distant dwellers on its banks; many a poet's stream, floating the helms and shields of heroes on its bosom.
11 November 2014
He who eats the fruit should at least plant the seed; ay, if possible, a better seed than that whose fruit he has enjoyed.
11 November 2014
The Indians of this neighborhood are about as familiar with the moose as we are with the ox, having associated with them for so many generations.
11 November 2014
These beginnings of commerce on a lake in the wilderness are very interesting,—these larger white birds that come to keep company with the gulls.
11 November 2014
It makes no odds where a man goes or stays, if he is only about his business.

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