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Quote: We fritter away our energy and creativity ...
 we get bogged down in the thick of thin things. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of person in black long sleeve shirt using brown and white rotary phone
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We fritter away our energy and creativity ...
we get bogged down in the thick of thin things.


Quote: I think that no experience which I have today comes up to, or is comparable with, the experiences of my boyhood. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of brown and white corgi puppy
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I think that no experience which I have today comes up to, or is comparable with, the experiences of my boyhood.


Quote: Truth is always paradoxical. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of selective focus photography of stones on sand
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Truth is always paradoxical.


Quote: 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. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of closed white painted door with exit signage
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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.


Quote: A man's whole life is taxed for the least thing well done. It is its net result. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of pink flower with green stem
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A man's whole life is taxed for the least thing well done. It is its net result.


Quote: 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! by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of white swan on blue sea during daytime
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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!


Quote: 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. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of woman in white and black striped shirt standing on yellow sunflower field during daytime
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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.


Quote: The movements of the eyes express the perpetual and unconscious courtesy of the parties. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of closeup photo of turned-on blue and white laptop computer
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The movements of the eyes express the perpetual and unconscious courtesy of the parties.


Quote: In the winter, warmth stands for all virtue. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of brown and black tiger near body of water
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In the winter, warmth stands for all virtue.


Quote: 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. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of brown tabby kitten
Photo Credit: Tran Mau Tri Tam

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.


Quote: 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. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of black puppy looking at cupcakes
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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.


Quote: 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. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of brown wallpaper
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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.


Quote: 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. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of solid background
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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.


Quote: I should consider it a greater success to interest one wise and earnest soul, than a million unwise and frivolous. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of green trees under white sky during daytime
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I should consider it a greater success to interest one wise and earnest soul, than a million unwise and frivolous.


Quote: Good deeds are no less good because their object is unworthy. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of blue sky with stars during night time
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Good deeds are no less good because their object is unworthy.


Quote: In Literature it is only the wild that attracts us. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of green fruit in macro lens photography
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In Literature it is only the wild that attracts us.


Quote: In short, all good things are wild and free. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of green trees on forest during daytime
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In short, all good things are wild and free.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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: We need the tonic of wildness. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of gold round coins on brown wooden table
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We need the tonic of wildness.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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: Life consists with wildness. The most alive is the wildest. Not yet subdued to man, its presence refreshes him. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of time lapse photography of lightning during storm
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Life consists with wildness. The most alive is the wildest. Not yet subdued to man, its presence refreshes him.


Quote: What we call wildness is a civilization other than our own. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of woman in white and black stripe long sleeve shirt standing beside brown concrete building during daytime
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What we call wildness is a civilization other than our own.


Quote: Give me a Wildness whose glance no civilization can endure. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of landscape photography of road at savannah
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Give me a Wildness whose glance no civilization can endure.


Quote: 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. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of white
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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.


Quote: 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. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of green trees under white sky during daytime
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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.


Quote: 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. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of cute labradoron rocks wallpaper
Photo Credit: Yannick Wittwer

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.


Quote: Why will we be imposed on by antiquity? by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of three people paddling in canoe
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Why will we be imposed on by antiquity?


Quote: English sense has toiled, but Hindoo wisdom never perspired. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of green pine trees near mountain under blue sky during daytime
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English sense has toiled, but Hindoo wisdom never perspired.


Quote: 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. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of purple petaled flower on gray surface
Photo Credit: Annie Spratt

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.


Quote: I have found all things thus far, persons and inanimate matter, elements and seasons, strangely adapted to my resources. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of pink and red flowers
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I have found all things thus far, persons and inanimate matter, elements and seasons, strangely adapted to my resources.


Quote: The rich man is always sold to the institution which makes him rich. Absolutely speaking, the more money, the less virtue. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of silhouette photo of mountain during night time
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The rich man is always sold to the institution which makes him rich. Absolutely speaking, the more money, the less virtue.


Quote: 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. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of panoramic photography of mountains
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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.


Quote: The only obligation which I have a right to assume is to do at any time what I think right. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of Close-up of a white line on green grass in a soccer field
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The only obligation which I have a right to assume is to do at any time what I think right.


Quote: Any man more right than his neighbors constitutes a majority of one already. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of sunflower field during daytime
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Any man more right than his neighbors constitutes a majority of one already.


Quote: 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. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of black mountain under blue sky during night time
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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.


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.


Quote: The most attractive sentences are not perhaps the wisest, but the surest and soundest. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of shallow focus photography of brown cat
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The most attractive sentences are not perhaps the wisest, but the surest and soundest.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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: The whole of the day should not be daytime; there should be one hour, if not more, which the day did not bring forth. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of woman in blue denim jacket with red rose on ear
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The whole of the day should not be daytime; there should be one hour, if not more, which the day did not bring forth.


Quote: The Slothful do not have the time to become virtuous or despicable. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of sunset forest
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The Slothful do not have the time to become virtuous or despicable.


Quote: In their daily life, all are braver than they know. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of three people paddling in canoe
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In their daily life, all are braver than they know.


Quote: The most difficult thing to understand during conversation is silence. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of close-up of lighted candle
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The most difficult thing to understand during conversation is silence.


Quote: 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. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of person holding white book
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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.


Quote: A simple and independent mind does not toil at the bidding of any prince. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of adult yellow Labrador retriever inside black plastic basin
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A simple and independent mind does not toil at the bidding of any prince.


Quote: 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. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of woman doing yoga on rock platform next to body of water
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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.


Quote: 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. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of Vincent Van Gogh self portrait painting on wall
Photo Credit: Alina Grubnyak

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.


Quote: If you would be chaste, you must be temperate. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of pink and white flowers on white surface
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If you would be chaste, you must be temperate.


Quote: We make needless ado about capital punishment, -- taking lives, when there is no life to take. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of adult short-coated brown dog near green leaf plant
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We make needless ado about capital punishment, -- taking lives, when there is no life to take.


Quote: This world is a place of business. What an infinite bustle! by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of couple kissing beside seashore
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This world is a place of business. What an infinite bustle!

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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.


Quote: I know very well what Goethe meant when he said that he never had a chagrin but he made a poem out of it. I have altogether too much patience of this kind. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of woman carrying baby while walking
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I know very well what Goethe meant when he said that he never had a chagrin but he made a poem out of it. I have altogether too much patience of this kind.


Quote: A man may acquire a taste for wine or brandy, and so lose his love for water, but should we not pity him. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of aerial view of trees
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A man may acquire a taste for wine or brandy, and so lose his love for water, but should we not pity him.


Quote: The books for young people say a great deal about the selection of Friends; it is because they really have nothing to say about Friends. They mean associates and confidants merely. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of person holding sunflower
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The books for young people say a great deal about the selection of Friends; it is because they really have nothing to say about Friends. They mean associates and confidants merely.


Quote: The inhabitants of Canada appeared to be suffering between two fires, -- the soldiery and the priesthood. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of yellow, orange, red, green, and blue abstract painting
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The inhabitants of Canada appeared to be suffering between two fires, -- the soldiery and the priesthood.


Quote: It is remarkable that among all the preachers there are so few moral teachers. The prophets are employed in excusing the ways of men. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of gray cactus plant on white pot
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It is remarkable that among all the preachers there are so few moral teachers. The prophets are employed in excusing the ways of men.


Quote: The sort of morality which the priests inculcate is a very subtle policy, far finer than the politicians', and the world is very successfully ruled by them as the policemen. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of silhouette of flower during sunset
Photo Credit: Adelin Grigorescu

The sort of morality which the priests inculcate is a very subtle policy, far finer than the politicians', and the world is very successfully ruled by them as the policemen.


Quote: A healthy man, indeed, is the complement of the seasons, and in winter, summer is in his heart. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of person in black long sleeve shirt using brown and white rotary phone
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A healthy man, indeed, is the complement of the seasons, and in winter, summer is in his heart.


Quote: I have found it to be the most serious objection to coarse labors long continued, that they compelled me to eat and drink coarsely also. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of adult black puppy in yellow raincoat
Photo Credit: Charles Deluvio

I have found it to be the most serious objection to coarse labors long continued, that they compelled me to eat and drink coarsely also.


Quote: The theories and speculations of men concern us more than their puny accomplishment. It is with a certain coldness and languor that we loiter about the actual and so-called practical. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of white petaled flowers beside gray wall
Photo Credit: Priscilla Du Preez

The theories and speculations of men concern us more than their puny accomplishment. It is with a certain coldness and languor that we loiter about the actual and so-called practical.


Quote: Knowledge is to be acquired only by a corresponding experience. How can we know what we are told merely? Each man can interpret another's experience only by his own. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of yellow painted wall
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Knowledge is to be acquired only by a corresponding experience. How can we know what we are told merely? Each man can interpret another's experience only by his own.


Quote: I would remind my countrymen that they are to be men first, and Americans only at a late and convenient hour. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of man in black jacket and blue denim jeans running on road during daytime
Photo Credit: Szőcs Viola

I would remind my countrymen that they are to be men first, and Americans only at a late and convenient hour.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

I would remind my countrymen, that they are to be men first, and Americans only at a late and convenient hour. No matter how valuable law may be to protect your property, even to keep soul and body together, if it do not keep you and humanity together.


Quote: Renew thyself completely each day. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of 100 US dollar banknote
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Renew thyself completely each day.


Quote: What wealth is it to have such friends that we cannot think of them without elevation! by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of pink tulip flower
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What wealth is it to have such friends that we cannot think of them without elevation!


Quote: The forests are held cheap after the white pine has been culled out; and the explorers and hunters pray for rain only to clear theatmosphere of smoke. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of man standing on cliff
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The forests are held cheap after the white pine has been culled out; and the explorers and hunters pray for rain only to clear theatmosphere of smoke.


Quote: While my friend was my friend, he flattered me, and I never heard the truth from him. When he became my enemy, he shot it to me on a poisoned arrow. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of backdrop orange
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While my friend was my friend, he flattered me, and I never heard the truth from him. When he became my enemy, he shot it to me on a poisoned arrow.


Quote: Most are engaged in business the greater part of their lives, because the soul abhors a vacuum and they have not discovered any continuous employment for man's nobler faculties. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of human hand
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Most are engaged in business the greater part of their lives, because the soul abhors a vacuum and they have not discovered any continuous employment for man's nobler faculties.


Quote: It is very rare that you meet with obstacles in this world, which the humblest man has not faculties to surmount. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of silhouette of trees during nighttime
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It is very rare that you meet with obstacles in this world, which the humblest man has not faculties to surmount.


Quote: It is good even to be a fisherman in summer and in winter. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of silhouette of man and woman kissing during sunset
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It is good even to be a fisherman in summer and in winter.


Quote: It will always be found that one flourishing institution exists and battens on another mouldering one. The Present itself is parasitic to this extent. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of Arizona landscape
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It will always be found that one flourishing institution exists and battens on another mouldering one. The Present itself is parasitic to this extent.


Quote: The earth I tread on is not a dead inert mass. It is a body, has a spirit; is organic and fluid to the influence of its spirit and to whatever particle of the spirit is in me. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of silhouette of flower during sunset
Photo Credit: Adelin Grigorescu

The earth I tread on is not a dead inert mass. It is a body, has a spirit; is organic and fluid to the influence of its spirit and to whatever particle of the spirit is in me.


Quote: It is impossible to give a soldier a good education without making him a deserter. His natural foe is the government that drills him. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of gray scale photo of woman face
Photo Credit: Alexander Krivitskiy

It is impossible to give a soldier a good education without making him a deserter. His natural foe is the government that drills him.


Quote: Anyone in a free society where the laws are unjust has an obligation to break the law. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of person typing on Apple Cordless Keyboard
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Anyone in a free society where the laws are unjust has an obligation to break the law.


Quote: As every season seems best to us in its turn, so the coming in of spring is like the creation of Cosmos out of Chaos and the realization of the Golden Age. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of red and white led lighted heart decor
Photo Credit: Izumi LaCorte

As every season seems best to us in its turn, so the coming in of spring is like the creation of Cosmos out of Chaos and the realization of the Golden Age.


Quote: The whole body of what is now called moral or ethical truth existed in the golden age as abstract science. Or, if we prefer, we may say that the laws of Nature are the purest morality. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of ocean
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The whole body of what is now called moral or ethical truth existed in the golden age as abstract science. Or, if we prefer, we may say that the laws of Nature are the purest morality.


Quote: He who receives an injury is to some extent an accomplice of the wrong-doer. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of person holding gray leaf
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He who receives an injury is to some extent an accomplice of the wrong-doer.


Quote: In dreams we see ourselves naked and acting out our real characters, even more clearly than we see others awake. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of single pink tulip wallpaper
Photo Credit: Sabina Hassan

In dreams we see ourselves naked and acting out our real characters, even more clearly than we see others awake.


Quote: Health requires this relaxation, this aimless life. This life in the present. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of blue and black ball on blue and white checkered textile
Photo Credit: Michael Dziedzic

Health requires this relaxation, this aimless life. This life in the present.


Quote: All perception of truth is the detection of an analogy. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of couple sitting on the field facing the city
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All perception of truth is the detection of an analogy.


Quote: If it is necessary, omit one bridge over the river, go round a little there, and throw one arch at least over the darker gulf of ignorance which surrounds us. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of red and white led lighted heart decor
Photo Credit: Izumi LaCorte

If it is necessary, omit one bridge over the river, go round a little there, and throw one arch at least over the darker gulf of ignorance which surrounds us.


Quote: Behave so the aroma of your actions may enhance the general sweetness of the atmosphere. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of landscape photo of mountain during nighttime
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Behave so the aroma of your actions may enhance the general sweetness of the atmosphere.


Quote: Mathematics should be mixed not only with physics but with ethics. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of shooting star in night sky
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Mathematics should be mixed not only with physics but with ethics.


Quote: It is the beauty within us that makes it possible for us to recognize the beauty around us. The question is not what you look at but what you see. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of assorted-color lear hanging decor
Photo Credit: Chris Lawton

It is the beauty within us that makes it possible for us to recognize the beauty around us. The question is not what you look at but what you see.


Quote: It's the beauty within us that makes it possible for us to recognize the beauty around us. The question is not what you look at but what you see. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of bird on pier
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It's the beauty within us that makes it possible for us to recognize the beauty around us. The question is not what you look at but what you see.


Quote: The mission of men there seems to be, like so many busy demons, to drive the forest all out of the country, from every solitary beaver swamp and mountain-side, as soon as possible. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of green leafed plant on clear glass vase filled with water
Photo Credit: Sarah Dorweiler

The mission of men there seems to be, like so many busy demons, to drive the forest all out of the country, from every solitary beaver swamp and mountain-side, as soon as possible.


Quote: Being a teacher is like being in jail; once it's on your record, you can never get rid of it. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of silhouette of man standing on rock while looking in sky
Photo Credit: Greg Rakozy

Being a teacher is like being in jail; once it's on your record, you can never get rid of it.


Quote: The greatest gains and values are farthest from being appreciated. We easily come to doubt if they exist. We soon forget them. They are the highest reality. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of solid background
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The greatest gains and values are farthest from being appreciated. We easily come to doubt if they exist. We soon forget them. They are the highest reality.


Quote: It is not enough that we are truthful; we must cherish and carry out high purposes to be truthful about. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of body of water surrounded with plants under cloudy sky
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It is not enough that we are truthful; we must cherish and carry out high purposes to be truthful about.


Quote: Invariably our best nights were those when it rained. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of green leaf tree near mountain covered by snow at daytime
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Invariably our best nights were those when it rained.


Quote: There is always some accident in the best things, whether thoughts or expressions or deeds. The memorable thought, the happy expression, the admirable deed are only partly ours. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of blue and white abstract painting
Photo Credit: Daniele Levis Pelusi

There is always some accident in the best things, whether thoughts or expressions or deeds. The memorable thought, the happy expression, the admirable deed are only partly ours.


Quote: The virtue of making two blades of grass grow where only one grew before does not begin to be superhuman. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of body of water surrounded with plants under cloudy sky
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The virtue of making two blades of grass grow where only one grew before does not begin to be superhuman.


Quote: If anything ail a man, so that he does not perform his functions, if he have a pain in his bowels even,- for that is the seat of sympathy,-he forthwith sets about reforming the world. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of pink rose flower
Photo Credit: Lucia Garcia Blaya

If anything ail a man, so that he does not perform his functions, if he have a pain in his bowels even,- for that is the seat of sympathy,-he forthwith sets about reforming the world.


Quote: It is in vain to dream of a wildness distant from ourselves. There is none such. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of woman in blue denim jacket leaning on man's shoulder near body of water
Photo Credit: Milan Popovic

It is in vain to dream of a wildness distant from ourselves. There is none such.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

It is in vain to dream of a wildness distant from ourselves. There is none such. It is the bog in our brains and bowels, the primitive vigor of Nature in us, that inspires that dream. I shall never find in the wilds of Labrador a greater wildness than in some recess of Concord.


Quote: Through want of enterprise and faith men are where they are, buying and selling and spending their lives like servants. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of green and white bird on black wire during daytime
Photo Credit: Egor Kunovsky

Through want of enterprise and faith men are where they are, buying and selling and spending their lives like servants.


Quote: The inhabitants of the Cape generally do not complain of their soil, but will tell you that it is good enough for them to dry their fish on. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of bird on pier
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The inhabitants of the Cape generally do not complain of their soil, but will tell you that it is good enough for them to dry their fish on.


Quote: Every nail driven should be as another rivet in the machine of the universe, you carrying on the work. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of smiling woman
Photo Credit: Kate Kozyrka

Every nail driven should be as another rivet in the machine of the universe, you carrying on the work.


Quote: There is a chasm between knowledge and ignorance which the arches of science can never span. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of green sports court illustration
Photo Credit: Timothy Tan

There is a chasm between knowledge and ignorance which the arches of science can never span.


Quote: Great God, I ask thee for no meaner pelf Than that I may not disappoint myself, That in my action I may soar as high As I can now discern with this clear eye. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of Light blue to dark blue gradient
Photo Credit: Luke Chesser

Great God, I ask thee for no meaner pelf Than that I may not disappoint myself, That in my action I may soar as high As I can now discern with this clear eye.


Quote: If you are chosen town clerk, forsooth, you cannot go to Tierra del Fuego this summer; but you may go to the land of infernal fire nevertheless. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of silhouette of man standing on seashore during sunset
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If you are chosen town clerk, forsooth, you cannot go to Tierra del Fuego this summer; but you may go to the land of infernal fire nevertheless.


Quote: The fruits eaten temperately need not make us ashamed of our appetites, nor interrupt the worthiest pursuits. But put an extra condiment into your dish, and it will poison you. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of Dark purple to red to orange gradient
Photo Credit: Luke Chesser

The fruits eaten temperately need not make us ashamed of our appetites, nor interrupt the worthiest pursuits. But put an extra condiment into your dish, and it will poison you.


Quote: We have the St. Vitus' dance, and cannot possibly keep our heads still. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of white and brown long coated small dog on green textile
Photo Credit: Karsten Winegeart

We have the St. Vitus' dance, and cannot possibly keep our heads still.


Quote: The success of great scholars and thinkers is commonly a courtier-like success, not kingly, not manly. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of gray concrete surface
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The success of great scholars and thinkers is commonly a courtier-like success, not kingly, not manly.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

The success of great scholars and thinkers is commonly a courtier-like success, not kingly, not manly. They make shift to live merely by conformity, practically as their fathers did, and are in no sense the progenitors of a nobler race of men.


Quote: Tough times don't last but tough people do. 
No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch.
Men are born to succeed, not fail. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of white and brown cat on blue floor
Photo Credit: Mathieu Odin

Tough times don't last but tough people do.
No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch.
Men are born to succeed, not fail.


Quote: If you see a man approaching you with the obvious intent of doing you good, you should run for your life. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of shallow focus photography of bee on flower
Photo Credit: Aaron Burden

If you see a man approaching you with the obvious intent of doing you good, you should run for your life.


Quote: My soul and body have tottered along together of late, tripping and hindering one another like unpracticed Siamese twins. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of white brown and black cat on brown dried leaves
Photo Credit: Dorothea OLDANI

My soul and body have tottered along together of late, tripping and hindering one another like unpracticed Siamese twins.


Quote: When our life ceases to be inward and private, conversation degenerates into mere gossip. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of grayscale photography of elephant
Photo Credit: Geran de Klerk

When our life ceases to be inward and private, conversation degenerates into mere gossip.


Quote: He who cannot read is worse than deaf and blind, is yet but half alive, is still-born. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of red heart wall décor
Photo Credit: Nicola Fioravanti

He who cannot read is worse than deaf and blind, is yet but half alive, is still-born.


Quote: We are enabled to apprehend at all what is sublime and noble only by the perpetual instilling and drenching of the reality that surrounds us. We can never have enough of nature. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of human hand
Photo Credit: Jackson David

We are enabled to apprehend at all what is sublime and noble only by the perpetual instilling and drenching of the reality that surrounds us. We can never have enough of nature.


Quote: Your richest veins don't lie nearest the surface. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of red and white heart balloons
Photo Credit: Christopher Beloch

Your richest veins don't lie nearest the surface.


Quote: The government of the world I live in was not framed, like that of Britain, in after-dinner conversations over the wine. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of green and white bird on black wire during daytime
Photo Credit: Egor Kunovsky

The government of the world I live in was not framed, like that of Britain, in after-dinner conversations over the wine.


Quote: There is a difference between eating and drinking for strength and from mere gluttony. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of tilt shift lens pink fetal flowers
Photo Credit: Daiga Ellaby

There is a difference between eating and drinking for strength and from mere gluttony.


Quote: Almost any mode of observation will be successful at last, for what is most wanted is method. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of silhouette photography of trees and sky
Photo Credit: Aperture Vintage

Almost any mode of observation will be successful at last, for what is most wanted is method.


Quote: It is time that we had uncommon schools, that we did not leave off our education when we begin to be men and women. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of calm body of water near alp mountains during nighttime
Photo Credit: kazuend

It is time that we had uncommon schools, that we did not leave off our education when we begin to be men and women.


Quote: Men cannot conceive of a state of things so fair that it cannot be realized. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of desert grassland
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Men cannot conceive of a state of things so fair that it cannot be realized.


Quote: You only need sit still long enough in some attractive spot in the woods that all its inhabitants may exhibit themselves to you by turns. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of man and woman sitting on white bed reading book
Photo Credit: Anastasiia Rozumna

You only need sit still long enough in some attractive spot in the woods that all its inhabitants may exhibit themselves to you by turns.


Quote: Thus men will lie on their backs, talking about the fall of man, and never make an effort to get up. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of white and blue ice in water
Photo Credit: Birger Strahl

Thus men will lie on their backs, talking about the fall of man, and never make an effort to get up.


Quote: The fault finder will find faults even in paradise and thereby miss the joys that recognition of the positives bring. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of brown and white ceramic dog figurine
Photo Credit: Karsten Winegeart

The fault finder will find faults even in paradise and thereby miss the joys that recognition of the positives bring.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

The fault-finder will find faults even in paradise. Love your life, poor as it is. You may perhaps have some pleasant, thrilling, glorious hours, even in a poor-house. The setting sun is reflected from the windows of the alms-house as brightly as from the rich man's abode; the snow melts before its door as early in the spring. I do not see but a quiet mind may live as contentedly there, and have as cheering thoughts, as in a palace.


Quote: Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of toddler hugging siberian husky
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Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.


Quote: The artist and his work are not to be separated. The most willfully foolish man cannot stand aloof from his folly, but the deed and the doer together make ever one sober fact. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of silhouette of a person during sunset
Photo Credit: Steve Halama

The artist and his work are not to be separated. The most willfully foolish man cannot stand aloof from his folly, but the deed and the doer together make ever one sober fact.


Quote: Wealth can't buy heath, but heath can buy wealth. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of two person holding hands while standing
Photo Credit: Brooke Cagle

Wealth can't buy heath, but heath can buy wealth.


Quote: We live but a fraction of our lives. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of person doing yoga exercises
Photo Credit: Patrick Hendry

We live but a fraction of our lives.


Quote: The words which express our faith and piety are not definite; yet they are significant and fragrant like frankincense to superior natures. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of woman exercising indoors
Photo Credit: Jonathan Borba

The words which express our faith and piety are not definite; yet they are significant and fragrant like frankincense to superior natures.


Quote: The way by which you may get money almost without exception leads downward. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of man carrying woman
Photo Credit: Vino Li

The way by which you may get money almost without exception leads downward.


Quote: I am sure that I never read any memorable news in a newspaper. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of silhouette of man and woman kissing under starry night
Photo Credit: Bent Hertema

I am sure that I never read any memorable news in a newspaper.


Quote: When I think of the gold-diggers and the Mormons, the slaves and the slave-holders and the flibustiers, I naturally dream of a glorious private life. No, I am not patriotic. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of group of camels walking on desert lake at daytime
Photo Credit: Susan Toyofuku

When I think of the gold-diggers and the Mormons, the slaves and the slave-holders and the flibustiers, I naturally dream of a glorious private life. No, I am not patriotic.


Quote: The bad are frequently good enough to let you see how bad they are, but the good as frequently endeavor to get between you and themselves. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of red rose in black background
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The bad are frequently good enough to let you see how bad they are, but the good as frequently endeavor to get between you and themselves.


Quote: We loiter in winter while it is already spring. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of three assorted U.S. dollar banknotes
Photo Credit: Katie Harp

We loiter in winter while it is already spring.


Quote: I know a good woman who thinks that her son lost his life because he took to drinking water only. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of clear hour glass
Photo Credit: Alexandar Todov

I know a good woman who thinks that her son lost his life because he took to drinking water only.


Quote: Whatever is, and is not ashamed to be, is good. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of three women sitting on rock near body of water
Photo Credit: Courtney Cook

Whatever is, and is not ashamed to be, is good.


Though the hen should sit all day, she could lay only one egg, and, besides, would not have picked up materials for another.


Quote: When we are in health, all sounds fife and drum for us; we hear the notes of music in the air, or catch its echoes dying away when we awake in the dawn. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of green leaf in close up photography
Photo Credit: Dan Hodgkins

When we are in health, all sounds fife and drum for us; we hear the notes of music in the air, or catch its echoes dying away when we awake in the dawn.


Quote: Truly, our greatest blessings are very cheap. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of yellow labrador retriever puppy sitting on floor
Photo Credit: Taylor Kopel

Truly, our greatest blessings are very cheap.


Quote: Hold fast to your most indefinite, waking dream. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of toddler hugging siberian husky
Photo Credit: __ drz __

Hold fast to your most indefinite, waking dream.


Quote: How many a poor immortal soul I have met well-nigh crushed and smothered under its load, creeping down the road of life, pushing before it an oversized home. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of white and blue sky during daytime
Photo Credit: Dan Cherkasov

How many a poor immortal soul I have met well-nigh crushed and smothered under its load, creeping down the road of life, pushing before it an oversized home.


Quote: The devil finds work for idle hands. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of person holding fan of 100 us dollar bill
Photo Credit: Igal Ness

The devil finds work for idle hands.


Quote: Enemies publish themselves. They declare war. The friend never declares his love. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of orange and white kitty pink background
Photo Credit: Kabo

Enemies publish themselves. They declare war. The friend never declares his love.


Quote: So easy is it, though many housekeepers doubt it, to establish new and better customs in the place of the old. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of silhouette of man and woman facing each other during golden hour
Photo Credit: Travis Grossen

So easy is it, though many housekeepers doubt it, to establish new and better customs in the place of the old.


Quote: I was daily intoxicated, yet no man could call me intemperate. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of person holding green plant during daytime
Photo Credit: Charlotte Thomas

I was daily intoxicated, yet no man could call me intemperate.


Quote: Music never stops; it is only the listening that is intermittent. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of mixed paints in a plate
Photo Credit: Mike Petrucci

Music never stops; it is only the listening that is intermittent.


Government never furthered any enterprise but by the alacrity with which it got out of its way.


Quote: Knowledge does not come to us in details, but in flashes of light from heaven. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of yellow and blue painted wall
Photo Credit: Bekky Bekks

Knowledge does not come to us in details, but in flashes of light from heaven.


Quote: We are armed with language adequate to describe each leaf of the filed, but not to describe human character. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of white bicycle parked beside wall
Photo Credit: Brennan Ehrhardt

We are armed with language adequate to describe each leaf of the filed, but not to describe human character.


Quote: What is commonly called friendship is only a little more honor among rogues. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of blue and white striped textile
Photo Credit: Waldemar Brandt

What is commonly called friendship is only a little more honor among rogues.


Quote: I look upon England today as an old gentleman who is travelling with a great deal of baggage, trumpery which has accumulated fromlong housekeeping, which he has not the courage to burn. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of aerial view of green lake surrounded by green trees during daytime
Photo Credit: Alexsandre Almeida

I look upon England today as an old gentleman who is travelling with a great deal of baggage, trumpery which has accumulated fromlong housekeeping, which he has not the courage to burn.


Quote: Be it life or death, we crave only reality. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of gray and white bird on red and yellow leaves
Photo Credit: Bryan Hanson

Be it life or death, we crave only reality.


Quote: Live free, child of the mist,- and with respect to knowledge we are allchildren of the mist. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of white and red flower with green leaves
Photo Credit: Evie S.

Live free, child of the mist,- and with respect to knowledge we are allchildren of the mist.


Quote: The Ethiopian cannot change his skin nor the leopard his spots. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of sunset
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The Ethiopian cannot change his skin nor the leopard his spots.


Quote: How many things are now at loose ends! Who knows which way the wind will blow tomorrow? by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of black bird flying on white background
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How many things are now at loose ends! Who knows which way the wind will blow tomorrow?


Quote: If the injustice is part of the necessary friction of the machine of government, let it go, let it go: perchance it will wear smooth. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of man and woman sitting on white bed reading book
Photo Credit: Anastasiia Rozumna

If the injustice is part of the necessary friction of the machine of government, let it go, let it go: perchance it will wear smooth.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

If the injustice is part of the necessary friction of the machine of government, let it go, let it go: perchance it will wear smooth--certainly the machine will wear out… but if it is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then I say, break the law. Let your life be a counter-friction to stop the machine. What I have to do is to see, at any rate, that I do not lend myself to the wrong which I condemn.


Quote: However mean your life is, meet it and live it. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of MacBook Pro beside plant in vase
Photo Credit: Sarah Dorweiler

However mean your life is, meet it and live it.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

However mean your life is, meet it and live it; do not shun it and call it hard names. It is not so bad as you are. It looks poorest when you are richest. The fault-finder will find faults even in paradise. Love your life, poor as it is. You may perhaps have some pleasant, thrilling, glorious hours, even in a poorhouse. The setting sun is reflected from the windows of the almshouse as brightly as from the rich man's abode; the snow melts before its door as early in the spring. I do not see but a quiet mind may live as contentedly there, and have as cheering thoughts, as in a palace.


Quote: I would not have any one adopt my mode of living on any account. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of man in black bubble hoodie looking at the stars
Photo Credit: Joshua Earle

I would not have any one adopt my mode of living on any account.


Quote: I did not know that we had ever quarreled. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of man in gray sweater carrying woman in black jacket
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I did not know that we had ever quarreled.


Quote: One cannot too soon forget his errors and misdemeanors. To dwell long upon them is to add to the offense. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of iris flower blue wallpaper
Photo Credit: Dim Gunger

One cannot too soon forget his errors and misdemeanors. To dwell long upon them is to add to the offense.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

One cannot too soon forget his errors and misdemeanors for to dwell long upon them is to add to the offense, and repentance and sorrow can only be displaced by somewhat better, and which is as free and original as if they had not been.


Quote: The mason asks but a narrow shelf to spring his brick from; man requires only an infinitely narrower one to spring his arch of faith from. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of bird on pier
Photo Credit: DiscoverQuotes Staff

The mason asks but a narrow shelf to spring his brick from; man requires only an infinitely narrower one to spring his arch of faith from.


Quote: It is not so important that many should be good as you, as that there be some absolute goodness somewhere; for that will leaven the whole lump. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of audience crowd watching wallpaper
Photo Credit: Nicolas Lobos

It is not so important that many should be good as you, as that there be some absolute goodness somewhere; for that will leaven the whole lump.


Quote: The vessel, though her masts be firm,Beneath her copper bears a worm. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of silhouette of person's hands forming heart
Photo Credit: Mayur Gala

The vessel, though her masts be firm,Beneath her copper bears a worm.


Quote: A hero's love is as delicate as a maiden's. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of three woman holding hands white walking
Photo Credit: Katy Anne

A hero's love is as delicate as a maiden's.


Quote: The stars are distant and unobtrusive, but bright and enduring as our fairest and most memorable experiences. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of black and gray floral textile
Photo Credit: Adrien Olichon

The stars are distant and unobtrusive, but bright and enduring as our fairest and most memorable experiences.


Quote: 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. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of pink and white clouds
Photo Credit: Joshua Fuller

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.


Quote: In the unbending of the arm to do the deed there is experience worth all the maxims in the world. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of Close-up of a white line on green grass in a soccer field
Photo Credit: Sandro Schuh

In the unbending of the arm to do the deed there is experience worth all the maxims in the world.


Quote: You cannot receive a shock unless you have an electric affinity for that which shocks you. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of creative guy at desk
Photo Credit: Thomas Franke

You cannot receive a shock unless you have an electric affinity for that which shocks you.


Quote: Give me a country where it is the most natural thing in the world for a government that does not understand you to let you alone. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of coconut tree near body of water
Photo Credit: Pedro Monteiro

Give me a country where it is the most natural thing in the world for a government that does not understand you to let you alone.


Quote: News Coverage! As news expose rather than cover events. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of couple walking on lake side watching sunset close-up photo
Photo Credit: Jonas Weckschmied

News Coverage! As news expose rather than cover events.


Quote: I love nature, I love the landscape, because it is so sincere. It never cheats me. It never jests. It is cheerfully, musically earnest. I lie and relie on the earth. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of white boat on sea under white sky during daytime
Photo Credit: Osvaldo Escobar

I love nature, I love the landscape, because it is so sincere. It never cheats me. It never jests. It is cheerfully, musically earnest. I lie and relie on the earth.


Quote: New earths, new themes expect us. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of brown tabby kitten on black surface
Photo Credit: about shin

New earths, new themes expect us.


Quote: Music is perpetual, and only the hearing is intermittent. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of russian blue cat on brown wooden table
Photo Credit: Val Tievsky

Music is perpetual, and only the hearing is intermittent.


Quote: Each thought that is welcomed and recorded is a nest egg, by the side of which more will be laid. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of green ceramic mug on wooden desk
Photo Credit: David Mao

Each thought that is welcomed and recorded is a nest egg, by the side of which more will be laid.


Quote: As naturally as the oak bears an acorn and the vine a gourd, man bears a poem, either spoken or done. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of adult short-coated brown dog near green leaf plant
Photo Credit: Matthew Daniels

As naturally as the oak bears an acorn and the vine a gourd, man bears a poem, either spoken or done.


Quote: Every oak tree started out as a couple of nuts who stood their ground. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of crack in wall
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Every oak tree started out as a couple of nuts who stood their ground.


Quote: We cannot put a noose around another man's neck without first hanging ourselves. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of man jumping on hill during golden hour
Photo Credit: Kyle Cottrell

We cannot put a noose around another man's neck without first hanging ourselves.


Quote: I only desire sincere relations with the worthiest of my acquaintance, that they may give me an opportunity once in a year to speak the truth. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of plain background
Photo Credit: thomas heintz

I only desire sincere relations with the worthiest of my acquaintance, that they may give me an opportunity once in a year to speak the truth.


Quote: Give me a sentence which no intelligence can understand. There must be a kind of life and palpitation to it, and under its words akind of blood must circulate forever. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of icy mountain scenery
Photo Credit: Jaron Mobley

Give me a sentence which no intelligence can understand. There must be a kind of life and palpitation to it, and under its words akind of blood must circulate forever.


Quote: Measure your health by your sympathy with morning and Spring. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of a woman stares into a man's eyes lovingly
Photo Credit: NeONBRAND

Measure your health by your sympathy with morning and Spring.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Measure your health by your sympathy with morning and spring. If there is no response in you to the awakening of nature -if the prospect of an early morning walk does not banish sleep, if the warble of the first bluebird does not thrill you -know that the morning and spring of your life are past. Thus may you feel your pulse.


Quote: The dinner even is only the parable of a dinner, commonly. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of woman in pink jacket standing on green grass field under blue sky during daytime
Photo Credit: Nick Page

The dinner even is only the parable of a dinner, commonly.


Quote: The world, which the Greeks called Beauty, has been made such by being gradually divested of every ornament which was not fitted to endure. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of two person hiking on gray mountain
Photo Credit: Maja Kochanowska

The world, which the Greeks called Beauty, has been made such by being gradually divested of every ornament which was not fitted to endure.


Quote: I have found it a singular luxury to talk across the pond to a companion on the opposite side. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of pink rose in close up photography
Photo Credit: Alice Mourou

I have found it a singular luxury to talk across the pond to a companion on the opposite side.


Quote: We are all of us more or less active physiognomists. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of selective focus photo of green snake plant
Photo Credit: Maddy Baker

We are all of us more or less active physiognomists.


Quote: The first pleasant days of spring come out like a squirrel and go in again. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of white clouds and blue sky
Photo Credit: Jeremy Bezanger

The first pleasant days of spring come out like a squirrel and go in again.


Quote: I should have liked to come across a large community of pines, which had never been invaded by the lumbering army. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of red and pink flowers
Photo Credit: Lisa Verena Pape

I should have liked to come across a large community of pines, which had never been invaded by the lumbering army.


Quote: I frequently tramped eight or ten miles through the deepest snow to keep an appointment with a beechtree, or a yellow birch, or an old acquaintance among the pines. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of bombay cat beside white iMac
Photo Credit: Valentin Vlasov

I frequently tramped eight or ten miles through the deepest snow to keep an appointment with a beechtree, or a yellow birch, or an old acquaintance among the pines.


Quote: The young pines springing up in the corn-fields from year to year are to me a refreshing fact. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of woman wearing black and yellow butterfly headband
Photo Credit: Mário Kravaák

The young pines springing up in the corn-fields from year to year are to me a refreshing fact.


Quote: There is a higher law affecting our relation to pines as well as to men. A pine cut down, a dead pine, is no more a pine than a dead human carcass is a man. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of white textile in close up photography
Photo Credit: Alyssa Hurley

There is a higher law affecting our relation to pines as well as to men. A pine cut down, a dead pine, is no more a pine than a dead human carcass is a man.


Quote: Children, who play life, discern its true law and relations more clearly than men, who fail to live it worthily, but who think that they are wiser by experience, that is, by failure. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of white swan on blue sea during daytime
Photo Credit: Birger Strahl

Children, who play life, discern its true law and relations more clearly than men, who fail to live it worthily, but who think that they are wiser by experience, that is, by failure.


Quote: The purity men love is like the mists which envelope the earth, and not like the azure ether beyond. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of white bicycle parked beside wall
Photo Credit: Brennan Ehrhardt

The purity men love is like the mists which envelope the earth, and not like the azure ether beyond.


Quote: Christ is the prince of Reformers and Radicals. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of two dragonflies on green cornate leaf
Photo Credit: mike mcgrath

Christ is the prince of Reformers and Radicals.


Quote: There are theoretical reformers at all times, and all the world over, living on anticipation. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of person in black long sleeve shirt and black skirt holding white leather belt
Photo Credit: Krys Amon

There are theoretical reformers at all times, and all the world over, living on anticipation.


Quote: I have no designs on society, or nature, or God. I am simply what I am, or I begin to be that. I live in the present. I only remember the past, and anticipate the future. I love to live. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of brown violin with black background
Photo Credit: Henry Dick

I have no designs on society, or nature, or God. I am simply what I am, or I begin to be that. I live in the present. I only remember the past, and anticipate the future. I love to live.


Quote: I live in the present. I only remember the past, and anticipate the future. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of silhouette photo of aurora borealis
Photo Credit: Vincent Guth

I live in the present. I only remember the past, and anticipate the future.


Quote: Time is like a handful of sand -- the tighter you grasp it, the faster it runs through your fingers. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of blue flowers in tilt shift lens
Photo Credit: Tim S

Time is like a handful of sand -- the tighter you grasp it, the faster it runs through your fingers.


Quote: I fear that we are such gods or demigods only as fauns and satyrs, the divine allied to beasts, the creatures of appetite, and that, to some extent, our very life is our disgrace. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of tree under blue sky
Photo Credit: Lucas Gallone

I fear that we are such gods or demigods only as fauns and satyrs, the divine allied to beasts, the creatures of appetite, and that, to some extent, our very life is our disgrace.


Quote: The walking of which I speak has nothing in it akin to taking exercise, as it is called, as the sick take medicine at stated hours ... but is itself the enterprise and adventure of the day. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of person holding white ceramic cup with liquid
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The walking of which I speak has nothing in it akin to taking exercise, as it is called, as the sick take medicine at stated hours ... but is itself the enterprise and adventure of the day.


Quote: I was born upon thy bank, river, My blood flows in thy stream, And thou meanderest forever, At the bottom of my dream. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of woman signing on white printer paper beside woman about to touch the documents
Photo Credit: Gabrielle Henderson

I was born upon thy bank, river, My blood flows in thy stream, And thou meanderest forever, At the bottom of my dream.


Quote: My desire for knowledge is intermittent; but my desire to bathe my head in atmospheres unknown to my feet is perennial and constant. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of closeup photo of lounger chairs and beach umbrellas
Photo Credit: Annie Spratt

My desire for knowledge is intermittent; but my desire to bathe my head in atmospheres unknown to my feet is perennial and constant.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

My desire for knowledge is intermittent; but my desire to bathe my head in atmospheres unknown to my feet is perennial and constant. The highest that we can attain to is not Knowledge, but Sympathy with Intelligence. I do not know that this higher knowledge amounts to anything more definite than a novel and grand surprise on a sudden revelation of the insufficiency of all that we called Knowledge before,—a discovery that there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamed of in our philosophy.


Quote: The poet uses the results of science and philosophy, and generalizes their widest deductions. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of woman about to kiss a tan puppy
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The poet uses the results of science and philosophy, and generalizes their widest deductions.


Quote: There is more religion in men's science, than there is science in their religion. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of turned on gray laptop computer
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There is more religion in men's science, than there is science in their religion.


Quote: Each reader discovers for himself that, with respect to the simpler features of nature, succeeding poets have done little else than copy his similes. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of gray short coated dog lying on gray concrete floor
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Each reader discovers for himself that, with respect to the simpler features of nature, succeeding poets have done little else than copy his similes.


Quote: Never trust any thought arrived at sitting down. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of black heart drawing on yellow wall
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Never trust any thought arrived at sitting down.


Quote: Many a poor sore-eyed student that I have heard of would grow faster, both intellectually and physically, if, instead of sitting up so very late, he honestly slumbered a fool's allowance. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of tree under blue sky
Photo Credit: Lucas Gallone

Many a poor sore-eyed student that I have heard of would grow faster, both intellectually and physically, if, instead of sitting up so very late, he honestly slumbered a fool's allowance.


Quote: I will come to you, my friend, when I no longer need you. Then you will find a palace, not an almshouse. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of shallow focus photography of orange flower
Photo Credit: Rafael Zamora

I will come to you, my friend, when I no longer need you. Then you will find a palace, not an almshouse.


Quote: If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself. Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of blue and white striped textile
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If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself. Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.


Quote: The only sin in the world is ignorance. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of mason jar of paintbrush lot
Photo Credit: Debby Hudson

The only sin in the world is ignorance.


Quote: Decay and disease are often beautiful, like the pearly tear of the shellfish and the hectic glow of consumption. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of black and white abstract illustration
Photo Credit: Hans Isaacson

Decay and disease are often beautiful, like the pearly tear of the shellfish and the hectic glow of consumption.


Quote: The scenery, when it is truly seen, reacts on the life of the seer. How to live. How to get the most of life.... How to extract its honey from the flower of the world. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of brown grass field near gray rocky mountain during daytime
Photo Credit: Ian Merzwinski

The scenery, when it is truly seen, reacts on the life of the seer. How to live. How to get the most of life.... How to extract its honey from the flower of the world.


Quote: I know of no redeeming qualities in myself but a sincere love for some things, and when I am reproved I fall back on to this ground. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of black mountain under blue sky during night time
Photo Credit: Marcus Dall Col

I know of no redeeming qualities in myself but a sincere love for some things, and when I am reproved I fall back on to this ground.


Quote: We are all sculptors and painters, and our material is our own flesh and blood and bone. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of person typing on Apple Cordless Keyboard
Photo Credit: Damian Zaleski

We are all sculptors and painters, and our material is our own flesh and blood and bone.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

We are all sculptors and painters, and our material is our own flesh and blood and bones. Any nobleness begins at once to refine a man's features, any meanness or sensuality to imbrue them.


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