Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau

In solitude especialy do we begin to appreciate the advantage of living with someone who can think.

If the day and the night are such that you greet them with with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs, more elastic, more starry, more immortal--that is your success.

Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.

I have lived some thirty years on this planet and I have yet to hear the first syllable of valuable or even earnest advice from my seniors.

I have learned this at least by my experiment: if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.

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.

Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.

It takes two to speak the truth--one to speak and the other to hear.

As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.

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

That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.

[Water is] the only drink for a wise man.

Men are born to succeed, not fail.

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

Man is the artificer of his own happiness.

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

There is no remedy for love but to love more.

Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth. I sat at a table where were rich food and wine in abundance, and obsequious attendance, but sincerity and truth were not; and I went away hungry from the inhospitable board.

Men have become the tools of their tools

If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.

Our truest life is when we are in our dreams awake.

As if there were safety in stupidity alone.

I derive no pleasure from talking with a young woman simply because she has regular features.

What men call good fellowship is commonly but the virtue of pigs in a litter which lie close together to keep each other warm.

Not till we are lost, in other words, not till we have lost the world, do we begin to find ourselves, and realize the infinite extent of our relations.

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