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quote by Henry David Thoreau: I did not know that we had ever quarreled. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

I did not know that we had ever quarreled.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: One cannot too soon forget his errors and misdemeanors. To dwell long upon them is to add to the offense. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

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

--Henry David Thoreau

Longer Version:

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

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

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: The vessel, though her masts be firm,Beneath her copper bears a worm. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

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

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: A hero's love is as delicate as a maiden's. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

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

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: The stars are distant and unobtrusive, but bright and enduring as our fairest and most memorable experiences. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

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

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

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: In the unbending of the arm to do the deed there is experience worth all the maxims in the world. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

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

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: You cannot receive a shock unless you have an electric affinity for that which shocks you. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

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

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

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: News Coverage! As news expose rather than cover events. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

News Coverage! As news expose rather than cover events.

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

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: New earths, new themes expect us. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

New earths, new themes expect us.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Music is perpetual, and only the hearing is intermittent. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Music is perpetual, and only the hearing is intermittent.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Each thought that is welcomed and recorded is a nest egg, by the side of which more will be laid. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

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

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: As naturally as the oak bears an acorn and the vine a gourd, man bears a poem, either spoken or done. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

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

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Every oak tree started out as a couple of nuts who stood their ground. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Every oak tree started out as a couple of nuts who stood their ground.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: We cannot put a noose around another man's neck without first hanging ourselves. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

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

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

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: When a dog runs at you, whistle for him. with background image: grayscale photo of pug on floor
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When a dog runs at you, whistle for him.

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

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Measure your health by your sympathy with morning and Spring. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Measure your health by your sympathy with morning and Spring.

--Henry David Thoreau

Longer Version:

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 by Henry David Thoreau: The dinner even is only the parable of a dinner, commonly. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

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

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: The world, which the Greeks called Beauty, has been made such by being gradually divested of every ornament which was not fitted to endure. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with 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.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: I have found it a singular luxury to talk across the pond to a companion on the opposite side. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

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

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: We are all of us more or less active physiognomists. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

We are all of us more or less active physiognomists.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: The first pleasant days of spring come out like a squirrel and go in again. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

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

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: I should have liked to come across a large community of pines, which had never been invaded by the lumbering army. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

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

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

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: The young pines springing up in the corn-fields from year to year are to me a refreshing fact. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

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

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

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

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: The purity men love is like the mists which envelope the earth, and not like the azure ether beyond. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

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

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Christ is the prince of Reformers and Radicals. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Christ is the prince of Reformers and Radicals.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: There are theoretical reformers at all times, and all the world over, living on anticipation. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

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

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

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: I live in the present. I only remember the past, and anticipate the future. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

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

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Time is like a handful of sand -- the tighter you grasp it, the faster it runs through your fingers. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

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

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

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

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: I was born upon thy bank, river, My blood flows in thy stream, And thou meanderest forever, At the bottom of my dream. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

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

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: My desire for knowledge is intermittent; but my desire to bathe my head in atmospheres unknown to my feet is perennial and constant. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

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

--Henry David Thoreau

Longer Version:

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 by Henry David Thoreau: The poet uses the results of science and philosophy, and generalizes their widest deductions. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

The poet uses the results of science and philosophy, and generalizes their widest deductions.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: There is more religion in men's science, than there is science in their religion. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

There is more religion in men's science, than there is science in their religion.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Each reader discovers for himself that, with respect to the simpler features of nature, succeeding poets have done little else than copy his similes. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with 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.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Never trust any thought arrived at sitting down. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Never trust any thought arrived at sitting down.

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

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: I will come to you, my friend, when I no longer need you. Then you will find a palace, not an almshouse. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

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

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

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: The only sin in the world is ignorance. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

The only sin in the world is ignorance.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Decay and disease are often beautiful, like the pearly tear of the shellfish and the hectic glow of consumption. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

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

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

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

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: We are all sculptors and painters, and our material is our own flesh and blood and bone. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

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

--Henry David Thoreau

Longer Version:

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.


quote by Henry David Thoreau: As I love nature, as I love singing birds...I love thee, my friend. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

As I love nature, as I love singing birds...I love thee, my friend.

--Henry David Thoreau

Longer Version:

As I love nature, as I love singing birds, and gleaming stubble, and flowing rivers, and morning and evening, and summer and winter, I love thee, my Friend.


quote by Henry David Thoreau: Having each some shingles of thought well dried, we sat and whittled them. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Having each some shingles of thought well dried, we sat and whittled them.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: When I visit again some haunt of my youth, I am glad to find that nature wears so well. The landscape is indeed something real, and solid, and sincere, and I have not put my foot through it yet. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

When I visit again some haunt of my youth, I am glad to find that nature wears so well. The landscape is indeed something real, and solid, and sincere, and I have not put my foot through it yet.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: To a small man every greater is an exaggeration. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

To a small man every greater is an exaggeration.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Even in civilized communities, the embryo man passes through the hunter stage of development. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Even in civilized communities, the embryo man passes through the hunter stage of development.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: The world is a strange place for a playhouse to stand within it. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

The world is a strange place for a playhouse to stand within it.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: True kindness is a pure divine affinity, Not founded upon human consanguinity. It is a spirit, not a blood relation, Superior to family and station. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

True kindness is a pure divine affinity, Not founded upon human consanguinity. It is a spirit, not a blood relation, Superior to family and station.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Deep are the foundations of sincerity. Even stone walls have their foundation below the frost. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Deep are the foundations of sincerity. Even stone walls have their foundation below the frost.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: The keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

The keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Hope and the future for me are not in lawns and cultivated fields, not in towns and cities, but in the impervious and quaking swamps. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Hope and the future for me are not in lawns and cultivated fields, not in towns and cities, but in the impervious and quaking swamps.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: They were pleasant spring days, in which the winter of man's discontent was thawing as well as the earth, and the life that had lain torpid began to stretch itself. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

They were pleasant spring days, in which the winter of man's discontent was thawing as well as the earth, and the life that had lain torpid began to stretch itself.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: The tavern will compare favorably with the church. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

The tavern will compare favorably with the church.

--Henry David Thoreau

Longer Version:

The tavern will compare favorably with the church. The church is the place where prayers and sermons are delivered, but the tavern is where they are to take effect, and if the former are good, the latter cannot be bad.


quote by Henry David Thoreau: It is strange to talk of miracles, revelations, inspiration, and the like, as things past, while love remains. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

It is strange to talk of miracles, revelations, inspiration, and the like, as things past, while love remains.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: As the least drop of wine tinges the whole goblet, so the least particle of truth colors our whole life. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

As the least drop of wine tinges the whole goblet, so the least particle of truth colors our whole life.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: The music of all creatures has to do with their loves, even of toads and frogs. Is it not the same with man? with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

The music of all creatures has to do with their loves, even of toads and frogs. Is it not the same with man?

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: The stars are the apexes of what triangles! with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

The stars are the apexes of what triangles!

--Henry David Thoreau

Longer Version:

The stars are the apexes of what wonderful triangles! What distant and different beings in the various mansions of the universe are contemplating the same one at the same moment! Nature and human life are as various as our several constitutions. Who shall say what prospect life offers to another? Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?


quote by Henry David Thoreau: We do not enjoy poetry unless we know it to be poetry. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

We do not enjoy poetry unless we know it to be poetry.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: As for Doing-good, that is one of the professions which are full. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

As for Doing-good, that is one of the professions which are full.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Everything may serve a lower as well as a higher use. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Everything may serve a lower as well as a higher use.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches. No run on my bank can drain it, for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches. No run on my bank can drain it, for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: The rays which stream through the shutter will be no longer remembered when the shutter is wholly removed. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

The rays which stream through the shutter will be no longer remembered when the shutter is wholly removed.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Where the citizen uses a mere sliver or board, the pioneer uses the whole trunk of a tree. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Where the citizen uses a mere sliver or board, the pioneer uses the whole trunk of a tree.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: I cannot fish without falling a little in self-respect...always when I have done I feel it would have been better if I had not fished. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

I cannot fish without falling a little in self-respect...always when I have done I feel it would have been better if I had not fished.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: All men recognize the right of revolution; that is, the right to refuse allegiance to, and to resist, the government, when its tyranny or its inefficiency are great and unendurable. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

All men recognize the right of revolution; that is, the right to refuse allegiance to, and to resist, the government, when its tyranny or its inefficiency are great and unendurable.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: In an unjust society the only place for a just man is prison. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

In an unjust society the only place for a just man is prison.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Don't be afraid that your life will end, be afraid that it will never begin! with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Don't be afraid that your life will end, be afraid that it will never begin!

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: As long as possible live free and uncommitted. It makes but little difference whether you are committed to a farm or the county jail. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

As long as possible live free and uncommitted. It makes but little difference whether you are committed to a farm or the county jail.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: In all perception of the truth there is a divine ecstasy, an inexpressible delirium of joy, as when a youth embraces his betrothed virgin. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

In all perception of the truth there is a divine ecstasy, an inexpressible delirium of joy, as when a youth embraces his betrothed virgin.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: The unconsciousness of man is the consciousness of God. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

The unconsciousness of man is the consciousness of God.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: A single gentle rain makes the grass many shades greener. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

A single gentle rain makes the grass many shades greener.

--Henry David Thoreau

Longer Version:

A single gentle rain makes the grass many shades greener. So our prospects brighten on the influx of better thoughts. We should be blessed if we lived in the present always, and took advantage of every accident that befell us, like the grass which confesses the influence of the slightest dew that falls on it; and did not spend our time in atoning for the neglect of past opportunities, which we call our duty. We loiter in winter while it is already spring. In a pleasant spring morning all men's sins are forgiven.


quote by Henry David Thoreau: Many have believed that Walden reached quite through to the other side of the globe. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Many have believed that Walden reached quite through to the other side of the globe.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Say what you have to say, not what you ought. Any truth is better than make-believe. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Say what you have to say, not what you ought. Any truth is better than make-believe.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: The setting sun is reflected from the windows of the alms-house as brightly as from the rich man's abode. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

The setting sun is reflected from the windows of the alms-house as brightly as from the rich man's abode.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: No way of thinking or doing, however ancient, can be trusted without proof. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

No way of thinking or doing, however ancient, can be trusted without proof.

--Henry David Thoreau

Longer Version:

No way of thinking or doing, however ancient, can be trusted without proof. What everybody echoes or in silence passes by as true to-day may turn out to be falsehood to-morrow.


quote by Henry David Thoreau: While some men believe in the infinite, some ponds will be thought to be bottomless. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

While some men believe in the infinite, some ponds will be thought to be bottomless.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: I am too easily contented with a slight and almost animal happiness. My happiness is a good deal like that of the woodchucks. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

I am too easily contented with a slight and almost animal happiness. My happiness is a good deal like that of the woodchucks.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: We must take root; send out some little fibre at least, even every winter day. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

We must take root; send out some little fibre at least, even every winter day.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Poetry implies the whole truth. Philosophy expresses a particle of it. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Poetry implies the whole truth. Philosophy expresses a particle of it.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: It is remarkable how many creatures live wild and free though secret in the woods. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

It is remarkable how many creatures live wild and free though secret in the woods.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: I love you not as something private and personal, which is my own, but as something universal and worthy of love which I have found. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

I love you not as something private and personal, which is my own, but as something universal and worthy of love which I have found.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Write while the heat is in you. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Write while the heat is in you.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: To say that God has given a man many and great talents frequently means that he has brought his heavens down within reach of his hands. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

To say that God has given a man many and great talents frequently means that he has brought his heavens down within reach of his hands.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Life is so short that it is not wise to take roundabout ways, nor can we spend much time in waiting.... We have not got half-way to dawn yet. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Life is so short that it is not wise to take roundabout ways, nor can we spend much time in waiting.... We have not got half-way to dawn yet.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: What I began by reading, I must finish by acting. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.

--Henry David Thoreau

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