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quote by Henry David Thoreau: 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. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with 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.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: A man may acquire a taste for wine or brandy, and so lose his love for water, but should we not pity him. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

A man may acquire a taste for wine or brandy, and so lose his love for water, but should we not pity him.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: 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. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with 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.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: The inhabitants of Canada appeared to be suffering between two fires, -- the soldiery and the priesthood. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

The inhabitants of Canada appeared to be suffering between two fires, -- the soldiery and the priesthood.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: It is remarkable that among all the preachers there are so few moral teachers. The prophets are employed in excusing the ways of men. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with 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.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: 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. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with 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.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: A healthy man, indeed, is the complement of the seasons, and in winter, summer is in his heart. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

A healthy man, indeed, is the complement of the seasons, and in winter, summer is in his heart.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: 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. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with 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.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: 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. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with 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.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: 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. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with 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.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: I would remind my countrymen that they are to be men first, and Americans only at a late and convenient hour. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

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

--Henry David Thoreau

Longer Version:

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 by Henry David Thoreau: Renew thyself completely each day. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Renew thyself completely each day.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: What wealth is it to have such friends that we cannot think of them without elevation! with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

What wealth is it to have such friends that we cannot think of them without elevation!

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: 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. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with 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.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: 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. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with 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.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: 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. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with 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.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: It is very rare that you meet with obstacles in this world, which the humblest man has not faculties to surmount. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

It is very rare that you meet with obstacles in this world, which the humblest man has not faculties to surmount.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: It is good even to be a fisherman in summer and in winter. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

It is good even to be a fisherman in summer and in winter.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: It will always be found that one flourishing institution exists and battens on another mouldering one. The Present itself is parasitic to this extent. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with 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.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: 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. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with 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.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: It is impossible to give a soldier a good education without making him a deserter. His natural foe is the government that drills him. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with 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.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Anyone in a free society where the laws are unjust has an obligation to break the law. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Anyone in a free society where the laws are unjust has an obligation to break the law.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: 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. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with 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.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: 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. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with 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.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: He who receives an injury is to some extent an accomplice of the wrong-doer. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

He who receives an injury is to some extent an accomplice of the wrong-doer.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: In dreams we see ourselves naked and acting out our real characters, even more clearly than we see others awake. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

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

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Health requires this relaxation, this aimless life. This life in the present. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

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

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: All perception of truth is the detection of an analogy. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

All perception of truth is the detection of an analogy.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: 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. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with 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.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Behave so the aroma of your actions may enhance the general sweetness of the atmosphere. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Behave so the aroma of your actions may enhance the general sweetness of the atmosphere.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Mathematics should be mixed not only with physics but with ethics. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Mathematics should be mixed not only with physics but with ethics.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: 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. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with 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.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: 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. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with 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.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: 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. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with 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.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Being a teacher is like being in jail; once it's on your record, you can never get rid of it. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

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

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: 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. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with 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.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: It is not enough that we are truthful; we must cherish and carry out high purposes to be truthful about. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

It is not enough that we are truthful; we must cherish and carry out high purposes to be truthful about.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Invariably our best nights were those when it rained. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Invariably our best nights were those when it rained.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: 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. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with 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.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: The virtue of making two blades of grass grow where only one grew before does not begin to be superhuman. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

The virtue of making two blades of grass grow where only one grew before does not begin to be superhuman.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: 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. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with 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.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: It is in vain to dream of a wildness distant from ourselves. There is none such. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

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

--Henry David Thoreau

Longer Version:

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 by Henry David Thoreau: Through want of enterprise and faith men are where they are, buying and selling and spending their lives like servants. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

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

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: 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. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with 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.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Every nail driven should be as another rivet in the machine of the universe, you carrying on the work. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

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

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: There is a chasm between knowledge and ignorance which the arches of science can never span. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

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

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: 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. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with 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.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: 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. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with 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.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: 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. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with 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.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: We have the St. Vitus' dance, and cannot possibly keep our heads still. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

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

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: The success of great scholars and thinkers is commonly a courtier-like success, not kingly, not manly. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

The success of great scholars and thinkers is commonly a courtier-like success, not kingly, not manly.

--Henry David Thoreau

Longer Version:

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 by Henry David Thoreau: 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. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with 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.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: If you see a man approaching you with the obvious intent of doing you good, you should run for your life. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

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

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: My soul and body have tottered along together of late, tripping and hindering one another like unpracticed Siamese twins. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

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

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: When our life ceases to be inward and private, conversation degenerates into mere gossip. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

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

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: He who cannot read is worse than deaf and blind, is yet but half alive, is still-born. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

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

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: 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. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with 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.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Your richest veins don't lie nearest the surface. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Your richest veins don't lie nearest the surface.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: The government of the world I live in was not framed, like that of Britain, in after-dinner conversations over the wine. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

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

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: There is a difference between eating and drinking for strength and from mere gluttony. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

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

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Almost any mode of observation will be successful at last, for what is most wanted is method. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

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

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: It is time that we had uncommon schools, that we did not leave off our education when we begin to be men and women. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with 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.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Men cannot conceive of a state of things so fair that it cannot be realized. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Men cannot conceive of a state of things so fair that it cannot be realized.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: 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. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with 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.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Thus men will lie on their backs, talking about the fall of man, and never make an effort to get up. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

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

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: The fault finder will find faults even in paradise and thereby miss the joys that recognition of the positives bring. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

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

--Henry David Thoreau

Longer Version:

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 by Henry David Thoreau: Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty.

--Henry David Thoreau

Longer Version:

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


quote by Henry David Thoreau: 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. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with 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.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Wealth can't buy heath, but heath can buy wealth. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

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

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: We live but a fraction of our lives. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

We live but a fraction of our lives.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: The words which express our faith and piety are not definite; yet they are significant and fragrant like frankincense to superior natures. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

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

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: The way by which you may get money almost without exception leads downward. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

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

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: I am sure that I never read any memorable news in a newspaper. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

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

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: 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. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with 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.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: 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. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with 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.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: We loiter in winter while it is already spring. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

We loiter in winter while it is already spring.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: I know a good woman who thinks that her son lost his life because he took to drinking water only. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

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

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Whatever is, and is not ashamed to be, is good. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

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

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Though the hen should sit all day, she could lay only one egg, and, besides, would not have picked up materials for another. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

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

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: 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. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with 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.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Truly, our greatest blessings are very cheap. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Truly, our greatest blessings are very cheap.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Hold fast to your most indefinite, waking dream. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Hold fast to your most indefinite, waking dream.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: 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. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with 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.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: The devil finds work for idle hands. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

The devil finds work for idle hands.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Enemies publish themselves. They declare war. The friend never declares his love. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

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

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: So easy is it, though many housekeepers doubt it, to establish new and better customs in the place of the old. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

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

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: I was daily intoxicated, yet no man could call me intemperate. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

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

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Music never stops; it is only the listening that is intermittent. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

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

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Government never furthered any enterprise but by the alacrity with which it got out of its way. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

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

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Knowledge does not come to us in details, but in flashes of light from heaven. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

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

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: We are armed with language adequate to describe each leaf of the filed, but not to describe human character. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

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

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: What is commonly called friendship is only a little more honor among rogues. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

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

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: 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. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with 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.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Be it life or death, we crave only reality. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Be it life or death, we crave only reality.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Live free, child of the mist,- and with respect to knowledge we are allchildren of the mist. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

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

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: The Ethiopian cannot change his skin nor the leopard his spots. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

The Ethiopian cannot change his skin nor the leopard his spots.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: How many things are now at loose ends! Who knows which way the wind will blow tomorrow? with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

How many things are now at loose ends! Who knows which way the wind will blow tomorrow?

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: 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. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with 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.

--Henry David Thoreau

Longer Version:

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 by Henry David Thoreau: However mean your life is, meet it and live it. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

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

--Henry David Thoreau

Longer Version:

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 by Henry David Thoreau: I would not have any one adopt my mode of living on any account. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

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

--Henry David Thoreau

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