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quote by Henry David Thoreau: Trade and commerce, if they were not made of Indian rubber, would never manage to bounce over the obstacles which legislators are continual… with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: Trade and commerce, if they were not made of Indian rubber, would never manage to bounce over the ob...

Trade and commerce, if they were not made of Indian rubber, would never manage to bounce over the obstacles which legislators are continually putting in their way.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Pity the man who has a character to support -- it is worse than a large family -- he is silent poor indeed. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: Pity the man who has a character to support -- it is worse than a large family -- he is silent poor ...

Pity the man who has a character to support -- it is worse than a large family -- he is silent poor indeed.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: We are happy in proportion to the things we can do without. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: We are happy in proportion to the things we can do without....

We are happy in proportion to the things we can do without.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Economy is a subject which admits of being treated with levity, but it cannot so be disposed of. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: Economy is a subject which admits of being treated with levity, but it cannot so be disposed of....

Economy is a subject which admits of being treated with levity, but it cannot so be disposed of.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: With wisdom we shall learn liberality. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: With wisdom we shall learn liberality....

With wisdom we shall learn liberality.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: The same soil is good for men and for trees. A man's health requires as many acres of meadow to his prospect as his farm does loads of muck. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: The same soil is good for men and for trees. A man's health requires as many acres of meadow to his ...

The same soil is good for men and for trees. A man's health requires as many acres of meadow to his prospect as his farm does loads of muck.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: We must have infinite faith in each other. If we have not, we must never let it leak out that we have not. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: We must have infinite faith in each other. If we have not, we must never let it leak out that we hav...

We must have infinite faith in each other. If we have not, we must never let it leak out that we have not.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Friendship is evanescent in every man's experience, and remembered like heat lightning in past summers. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: Friendship is evanescent in every man's experience, and remembered like heat lightning in past summe...

Friendship is evanescent in every man's experience, and remembered like heat lightning in past summers.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: There can be no very black melancholy to him who lives in the midst of Nature and has his senses still. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: There can be no very black melancholy to him who lives in the midst of Nature and has his senses sti...

There can be no very black melancholy to him who lives in the midst of Nature and has his senses still.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: The progress from an absolute to a limited monarchy, from a limited monarchy to a democracy, is a progress toward a true respect for the in… with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: The progress from an absolute to a limited monarchy, from a limited monarchy to a democracy, is a pr...

The progress from an absolute to a limited monarchy, from a limited monarchy to a democracy, is a progress toward a true respect for the individual.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Nothing is so much to be feared as fear. with background image:

Nothing is so much to be feared as fear.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: The poet who walks by moonlight is conscious of a tide in his thought which is to be referred to lunar influence. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: The poet who walks by moonlight is conscious of a tide in his thought which is to be referred to lun...

The poet who walks by moonlight is conscious of a tide in his thought which is to be referred to lunar influence.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: It is no more dusky in ordinary nights than our mind's habitual atmosphere, and the moonlight is as bright as our most illuminatedmoments a… with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: It is no more dusky in ordinary nights than our mind's habitual atmosphere, and the moonlight is as ...

It is no more dusky in ordinary nights than our mind's habitual atmosphere, and the moonlight is as bright as our most illuminatedmoments are.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: How shall we account for our pursuits, if they are original? We get the language with which to describe our various lives out of acommon mi… with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: How shall we account for our pursuits, if they are original? We get the language with which to descr...

How shall we account for our pursuits, if they are original? We get the language with which to describe our various lives out of acommon mint.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Oh, one world at a time! with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: Oh, one world at a time!...

Oh, one world at a time!

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Man is an animal who more than any other can adapt himself to all climates and circumstances. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: Man is an animal who more than any other can adapt himself to all climates and circumstances....

Man is an animal who more than any other can adapt himself to all climates and circumstances.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: I am not responsible for the successful working of the machinery of society. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: I am not responsible for the successful working of the machinery of society....

I am not responsible for the successful working of the machinery of society.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: The language of Friendship is not words, but meanings. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: The language of Friendship is not words, but meanings....

The language of Friendship is not words, but meanings.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Man cannot afford to be a naturalist, to look at Nature directly, but only with the side of his eye. He must look through and beyond her. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: Man cannot afford to be a naturalist, to look at Nature directly, but only with the side of his eye....

Man cannot afford to be a naturalist, to look at Nature directly, but only with the side of his eye. He must look through and beyond her.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: At present our only true names are nicknames. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: At present our only true names are nicknames....

At present our only true names are nicknames.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: The child should have the advantage of ignorance as well as of knowledge, and is fortunate if he gets his share of neglect and exposure. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: The child should have the advantage of ignorance as well as of knowledge, and is fortunate if he get...

The child should have the advantage of ignorance as well as of knowledge, and is fortunate if he gets his share of neglect and exposure.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Poetry is the mysticism of mankind. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: Poetry is the mysticism of mankind....

Poetry is the mysticism of mankind.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: If the fairest features of the landscape are to be named after men, let them be the noblest and worthiest men alone. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: If the fairest features of the landscape are to be named after men, let them be the noblest and wort...

If the fairest features of the landscape are to be named after men, let them be the noblest and worthiest men alone.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Even in our democratic New England towns the accidental possession of wealth, and its manifestation in dress and equipage alone, obtain for… with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: Even in our democratic New England towns the accidental possession of wealth, and its manifestation ...

Even in our democratic New England towns the accidental possession of wealth, and its manifestation in dress and equipage alone, obtain for the possessor almost universal respect.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book! with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book!...

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

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Color, which is the poet's wealth, is so expensive that most take to mere outline sketches and become men of science. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: Color, which is the poet's wealth, is so expensive that most take to mere outline sketches and becom...

Color, which is the poet's wealth, is so expensive that most take to mere outline sketches and become men of science.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: I learned to regard man as an inhabitant, or a part and parcel of nature, rather than a member of society. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: I learned to regard man as an inhabitant, or a part and parcel of nature, rather than a member of so...

I learned to regard man as an inhabitant, or a part and parcel of nature, rather than a member of society.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Many old people receive pensions for no other reason, it seems to me, but as a compensation for having lived a long time ago. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: Many old people receive pensions for no other reason, it seems to me, but as a compensation for havi...

Many old people receive pensions for no other reason, it seems to me, but as a compensation for having lived a long time ago.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Be as the sailor who keeps the polestar in his eye. By so doing we may not arrive at our port within a calculable period, but we will maint… with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: Be as the sailor who keeps the polestar in his eye. By so doing we may not arrive at our port within...

Be as the sailor who keeps the polestar in his eye. By so doing we may not arrive at our port within a calculable period, but we will maintain a true course.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: For my part, I could easily do without the post-office. I think that there are very few important communications made through it. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: For my part, I could easily do without the post-office. I think that there are very few important co...

For my part, I could easily do without the post-office. I think that there are very few important communications made through it.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: The highest law gives a thing to him who can use it. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: The highest law gives a thing to him who can use it....

The highest law gives a thing to him who can use it.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: I do not see why the schoolmaster should be taxed to support the priest, and not the priest the schoolmaster. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: I do not see why the schoolmaster should be taxed to support the priest, and not the priest the scho...

I do not see why the schoolmaster should be taxed to support the priest, and not the priest the schoolmaster.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: The true finish is the work of time, and the use to which a thing is put. The elements are still polishing the pyramids. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: The true finish is the work of time, and the use to which a thing is put. The elements are still pol...

The true finish is the work of time, and the use to which a thing is put. The elements are still polishing the pyramids.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: The oldest, wisest politician grows not more human so, but is merely a gray wharf rat at last. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: The oldest, wisest politician grows not more human so, but is merely a gray wharf rat at last....

The oldest, wisest politician grows not more human so, but is merely a gray wharf rat at last.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Man's moral nature is a riddle which only eternity can solve. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: Man's moral nature is a riddle which only eternity can solve....

Man's moral nature is a riddle which only eternity can solve.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Many men walk by day; few walk by night. It is a different season. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: Many men walk by day; few walk by night. It is a different season....

Many men walk by day; few walk by night. It is a different season.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: The mass of men are very easily imposed on. They have their runways in which they always travel, and are sure to fall into any pit or box-t… with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: The mass of men are very easily imposed on. They have their runways in which they always travel, and...

The mass of men are very easily imposed on. They have their runways in which they always travel, and are sure to fall into any pit or box-trap set therein.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Routine is a ground to stand on, a wall to retreat to; we cannot draw on our boots without bracing ourselves against it. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: Routine is a ground to stand on, a wall to retreat to; we cannot draw on our boots without bracing o...

Routine is a ground to stand on, a wall to retreat to; we cannot draw on our boots without bracing ourselves against it.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: From exertion come wisdom and purity; from sloth ignorance and sensuality. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: From exertion come wisdom and purity; from sloth ignorance and sensuality....

From exertion come wisdom and purity; from sloth ignorance and sensuality.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: There are more consequences to a shipwreck than the underwriters notice. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: There are more consequences to a shipwreck than the underwriters notice....

There are more consequences to a shipwreck than the underwriters notice.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: If I ever see more clearly at one time than at another, the medium through which I see is clearer. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: If I ever see more clearly at one time than at another, the medium through which I see is clearer....

If I ever see more clearly at one time than at another, the medium through which I see is clearer.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Every man will be a poet if he can; otherwise a philosopher or man of science. This proves the superiority of the poet. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: Every man will be a poet if he can; otherwise a philosopher or man of science. This proves the super...

Every man will be a poet if he can; otherwise a philosopher or man of science. This proves the superiority of the poet.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Why level downward to our dullest perception always, and praise that as common sense? The commonest sense is the sense of men asleep, which… with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: Why level downward to our dullest perception always, and praise that as common sense? The commonest ...

Why level downward to our dullest perception always, and praise that as common sense? The commonest sense is the sense of men asleep, which they express by snoring.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Consider what stuff history is made of, -- that for the most part it is merely a story agreed on by posterity. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: Consider what stuff history is made of, -- that for the most part it is merely a story agreed on by ...

Consider what stuff history is made of, -- that for the most part it is merely a story agreed on by posterity.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: In the summer we lay up a stock of experiences for the winter, as the squirrel of nuts?something for conversation in winter evenings. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: In the summer we lay up a stock of experiences for the winter, as the squirrel of nuts?something for...

In the summer we lay up a stock of experiences for the winter, as the squirrel of nuts?something for conversation in winter evenings.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: The imagination, give it the least license, dives deeper and soars higher than Nature goes. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: The imagination, give it the least license, dives deeper and soars higher than Nature goes....

The imagination, give it the least license, dives deeper and soars higher than Nature goes.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Let things alone; let them weigh what they will; let them soar or fall. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: Let things alone; let them weigh what they will; let them soar or fall....

Let things alone; let them weigh what they will; let them soar or fall.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: The great poem must have the stamp of greatness as well as its essence. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: The great poem must have the stamp of greatness as well as its essence....

The great poem must have the stamp of greatness as well as its essence.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: It is the man determines what is said, not the words. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: It is the man determines what is said, not the words....

It is the man determines what is said, not the words.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Are you in want of amusement nowadays? Then play a little at the game of getting a living. There was never anything equal to it. Do it temp… with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: Are you in want of amusement nowadays? Then play a little at the game of getting a living. There was...

Are you in want of amusement nowadays? Then play a little at the game of getting a living. There was never anything equal to it. Do it temperately, though, and don't sweat.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: I have learned that the swiftest traveller is he that goes afoot. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: I have learned that the swiftest traveller is he that goes afoot....

I have learned that the swiftest traveller is he that goes afoot.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Truth, Goodness, Beauty -- those celestial thrins,Continually are born; e'en now the Universe,With thousand throats, and eke with greener s… with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: Truth, Goodness, Beauty -- those celestial thrins,Continually are born; e'en now the Universe,With t...

Truth, Goodness, Beauty -- those celestial thrins,Continually are born; e'en now the Universe,With thousand throats, and eke with greener smiles,Its joy confesses at their recent birth.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: We can never have enough of nature. We must be refreshed by the sight of inexhaustible vigor. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: We can never have enough of nature. We must be refreshed by the sight of inexhaustible vigor....

We can never have enough of nature. We must be refreshed by the sight of inexhaustible vigor.

--Henry David Thoreau

Longer Version:

We can never have enough of nature. We must be refreshed by the sight of inexhaustible vigor, vast and titanic features, the sea-coast with its wrecks, the wilderness with its living and its decaying trees, the thunder-cloud, and the rain.


quote by Henry David Thoreau: Open all your pores and bathe in all the tides of nature, in all her streams and oceans, at all seasons. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: Open all your pores and bathe in all the tides of nature, in all her streams and oceans, at all seas...

Open all your pores and bathe in all the tides of nature, in all her streams and oceans, at all seasons.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: We fritter away our energy and creativity ...
 we get bogged down in the thick of thin things. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: We fritter away our energy and creativity ...
 we get bogged down in the thick of thin things....

We fritter away our energy and creativity ...
we get bogged down in the thick of thin things.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: I think that no experience which I have today comes up to, or is comparable with, the experiences of my boyhood. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: I think that no experience which I have today comes up to, or is comparable with, the experiences of...

I think that no experience which I have today comes up to, or is comparable with, the experiences of my boyhood.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Truth is always paradoxical. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: Truth is always paradoxical....

Truth is always paradoxical.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: If you would feel the full force of a tempest, take up your residence on the top of Mount Washington, or at the Highland Light, inTruro. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: If you would feel the full force of a tempest, take up your residence on the top of Mount Washington...

If you would feel the full force of a tempest, take up your residence on the top of Mount Washington, or at the Highland Light, inTruro.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: A man's whole life is taxed for the least thing well done. It is its net result. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: A man's whole life is taxed for the least thing well done. It is its net result....

A man's whole life is taxed for the least thing well done. It is its net result.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: If common sense had been consulted, how many marriages would never have taken place; if uncommon or divine sense, how few marriages such as… with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: If common sense had been consulted, how many marriages would never have taken place; if uncommon or ...

If common sense had been consulted, how many marriages would never have taken place; if uncommon or divine sense, how few marriages such as we witness would ever have taken place!

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: It takes a man of genius to travel in his own country, in his native village; to make any progress between his door and his gate. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: It takes a man of genius to travel in his own country, in his native village; to make any progress b...

It takes a man of genius to travel in his own country, in his native village; to make any progress between his door and his gate.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: The movements of the eyes express the perpetual and unconscious courtesy of the parties. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: The movements of the eyes express the perpetual and unconscious courtesy of the parties....

The movements of the eyes express the perpetual and unconscious courtesy of the parties.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: In the winter, warmth stands for all virtue. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: In the winter, warmth stands for all virtue....

In the winter, warmth stands for all virtue.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: When I would go a-visiting, I find that I go off the fashionable street, -- not being inclined to change my dress, -- to where man meets ma… with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: When I would go a-visiting, I find that I go off the fashionable street, -- not being inclined to ch...

When I would go a-visiting, I find that I go off the fashionable street, -- not being inclined to change my dress, -- to where man meets man, and not polished shoe meets shoe.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: As polishing expresses the vein in marble, and grain in wood, so music brings out what of heroic lurks anywhere. The hero is the sole patro… with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: As polishing expresses the vein in marble, and grain in wood, so music brings out what of heroic lur...

As polishing expresses the vein in marble, and grain in wood, so music brings out what of heroic lurks anywhere. The hero is the sole patron of music.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: If you look over a list of medicinal recipes in vogue in the last century, how foolish and useless they are seen to be! And yet we use equa… with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: If you look over a list of medicinal recipes in vogue in the last century, how foolish and useless t...

If you look over a list of medicinal recipes in vogue in the last century, how foolish and useless they are seen to be! And yet we use equally absurd ones with faith today.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: We are accustomed to say, that the mass of men are unprepared; but improvement is slow, because the few are not materially wiser or better … with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: We are accustomed to say, that the mass of men are unprepared; but improvement is slow, because the ...

We are accustomed to say, that the mass of men are unprepared; but improvement is slow, because the few are not materially wiser or better than the many.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: I should consider it a greater success to interest one wise and earnest soul, than a million unwise and frivolous. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: I should consider it a greater success to interest one wise and earnest soul, than a million unwise ...

I should consider it a greater success to interest one wise and earnest soul, than a million unwise and frivolous.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Good deeds are no less good because their object is unworthy. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: Good deeds are no less good because their object is unworthy....

Good deeds are no less good because their object is unworthy.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: In Literature it is only the wild that attracts us. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: In Literature it is only the wild that attracts us....

In Literature it is only the wild that attracts us.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: In short, all good things are wild and free. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: In short, all good things are wild and free....

In short, all good things are wild and free.

--Henry David Thoreau

Longer Version:

In short, all good things are wild and free. There is something in a strain of music, whether produced by an instrument or by the human voice,--take the sound of a bugle in a summer night, for instance,--which by its wildness, to speak without satire, reminds me of the cries emitted by wild beasts in their native forests. It is so much of their wildness as I can understand. Give me for my friends and neighbors wild men, not tame ones. The wildness of the savage is but a faint symbol of the awful ferity with which good men and lovers meet.


quote by Henry David Thoreau: We need the tonic of wildness. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: We need the tonic of wildness....

We need the tonic of wildness.

--Henry David Thoreau

Longer Version:

We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.


quote by Henry David Thoreau: Life consists with wildness. The most alive is the wildest. Not yet subdued to man, its presence refreshes him. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: Life consists with wildness. The most alive is the wildest. Not yet subdued to man, its presence ref...

Life consists with wildness. The most alive is the wildest. Not yet subdued to man, its presence refreshes him.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: What we call wildness is a civilization other than our own. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: What we call wildness is a civilization other than our own....

What we call wildness is a civilization other than our own.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Give me a Wildness whose glance no civilization can endure. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: Give me a Wildness whose glance no civilization can endure....

Give me a Wildness whose glance no civilization can endure.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: The West of which I speak is but another name for the Wild, and what I have been preparing to say is, that in Wildness is the preservation … with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: The West of which I speak is but another name for the Wild, and what I have been preparing to say is...

The West of which I speak is but another name for the Wild, and what I have been preparing to say is, that in Wildness is the preservation of the World.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Expect no trivial truth from me, unless I am on the witness- stand. I will come as near to lying as you can drive a coach and four. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: Expect no trivial truth from me, unless I am on the witness- stand. I will come as near to lying as ...

Expect no trivial truth from me, unless I am on the witness- stand. I will come as near to lying as you can drive a coach and four.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Far from New England's blustering shore,New England's worm her hulk shall bore,And sink her in the Indian seas,Twine, wine, and hides, and … with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: Far from New England's blustering shore,New England's worm her hulk shall bore,And sink her in the I...

Far from New England's blustering shore,New England's worm her hulk shall bore,And sink her in the Indian seas,Twine, wine, and hides, and China teas.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Why will we be imposed on by antiquity? with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: Why will we be imposed on by antiquity?...

Why will we be imposed on by antiquity?

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: English sense has toiled, but Hindoo wisdom never perspired. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: English sense has toiled, but Hindoo wisdom never perspired....

English sense has toiled, but Hindoo wisdom never perspired.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: The sea, vast and wild as it is, bears thus the waste and wrecks of human art to its remotest shore. There is no telling what it may not vo… with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: The sea, vast and wild as it is, bears thus the waste and wrecks of human art to its remotest shore....

The sea, vast and wild as it is, bears thus the waste and wrecks of human art to its remotest shore. There is no telling what it may not vomit up.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: I have found all things thus far, persons and inanimate matter, elements and seasons, strangely adapted to my resources. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: I have found all things thus far, persons and inanimate matter, elements and seasons, strangely adap...

I have found all things thus far, persons and inanimate matter, elements and seasons, strangely adapted to my resources.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: The rich man is always sold to the institution which makes him rich. Absolutely speaking, the more money, the less virtue. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: The rich man is always sold to the institution which makes him rich. Absolutely speaking, the more m...

The rich man is always sold to the institution which makes him rich. Absolutely speaking, the more money, the less virtue.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: If however the law is so promulgated that it of necessity makes you an agent of injustices against another, then I say to you ... break the… with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: If however the law is so promulgated that it of necessity makes you an agent of injustices against a...

If however the law is so promulgated that it of necessity makes you an agent of injustices against another, then I say to you ... break the law.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: The only obligation which I have a right to assume is to do at any time what I think right. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: The only obligation which I have a right to assume is to do at any time what I think right....

The only obligation which I have a right to assume is to do at any time what I think right.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Any man more right than his neighbors constitutes a majority of one already. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: Any man more right than his neighbors constitutes a majority of one already....

Any man more right than his neighbors constitutes a majority of one already.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: By a conscious effort of the mind we can stand aloof from actions and their consequences; and all things, good and bad, go by us like a tor… with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: By a conscious effort of the mind we can stand aloof from actions and their consequences; and all th...

By a conscious effort of the mind we can stand aloof from actions and their consequences; and all things, good and bad, go by us like a torrent.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: I am amused to see from my window here how busily a man has divided and staked off his domain. God must smile at his puny fences running hi… with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: I am amused to see from my window here how busily a man has divided and staked off his domain. God m...

I am amused to see from my window here how busily a man has divided and staked off his domain. God must smile at his puny fences running hither and thither everywhere over the land.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: The most attractive sentences are not perhaps the wisest, but the surest and soundest. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: The most attractive sentences are not perhaps the wisest, but the surest and soundest....

The most attractive sentences are not perhaps the wisest, but the surest and soundest.

--Henry David Thoreau

Longer Version:

The most attractive sentences are, perhaps, not the wisest, but the surest and roundest. They are spoken firmly and conclusively,as if the speaker had a right to know what he says, and if not wise, they have at least been well learned.


quote by Henry David Thoreau: The whole of the day should not be daytime; there should be one hour, if not more, which the day did not bring forth. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: The whole of the day should not be daytime; there should be one hour, if not more, which the day did...

The whole of the day should not be daytime; there should be one hour, if not more, which the day did not bring forth.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: The Slothful do not have the time to become virtuous or despicable. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: The Slothful do not have the time to become virtuous or despicable....

The Slothful do not have the time to become virtuous or despicable.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: In their daily life, all are braver than they know. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: In their daily life, all are braver than they know....

In their daily life, all are braver than they know.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: The most difficult thing to understand during conversation is silence. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: The most difficult thing to understand during conversation is silence....

The most difficult thing to understand during conversation is silence.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: I came to love my rows, my beans, though so many more than I wanted. They attached me to the earth, and so I got strength like Antaeus. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: I came to love my rows, my beans, though so many more than I wanted. They attached me to the earth, ...

I came to love my rows, my beans, though so many more than I wanted. They attached me to the earth, and so I got strength like Antaeus.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: A simple and independent mind does not toil at the bidding of any prince. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: A simple and independent mind does not toil at the bidding of any prince....

A simple and independent mind does not toil at the bidding of any prince.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Today...the bluebirds, old and young, have revisited their box, as if they would fain repeat the summer without intervention of winter, if … with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: Today...the bluebirds, old and young, have revisited their box, as if they would fain repeat the sum...

Today...the bluebirds, old and young, have revisited their box, as if they would fain repeat the summer without intervention of winter, if Nature would let them.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: What is chastity? How shall a man know if he is chaste? He shall not know it. We have heard of this virtue, but we know not what it is. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: What is chastity? How shall a man know if he is chaste? He shall not know it. We have heard of this ...

What is chastity? How shall a man know if he is chaste? He shall not know it. We have heard of this virtue, but we know not what it is.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: If you would be chaste, you must be temperate. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: If you would be chaste, you must be temperate....

If you would be chaste, you must be temperate.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: We make needless ado about capital punishment, -- taking lives, when there is no life to take. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: We make needless ado about capital punishment, -- taking lives, when there is no life to take....

We make needless ado about capital punishment, -- taking lives, when there is no life to take.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: This world is a place of business. What an infinite bustle! with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote: This world is a place of business. What an infinite bustle!...

This world is a place of business. What an infinite bustle!

--Henry David Thoreau

Longer Version:

This world is a place of business. What an infinite bustle! I am awaked almost every night by the panting of the locomotive. It interrupts my dreams. There is no sabbath. It would be glorious to see mankind at leisure for once. It is nothing but work, work, work. I cannot easily buy a blank-book to write thoughts in; they are commonly ruled for dollars and cents. An Irishman, seeing me making a minute in the fields, took it for granted that I was calculating my wages. If a man was tossed out of a window when an infant, and so made a cripple for life, or scared out of his wits by the Indians, it is regretted chiefly because he was thus incapacitated for—business! I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself, than this incessant business.


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