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quote by Henry David Thoreau: I was not born to be forced. I will breathe after my own fashion. Let us see who is the strongest. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

I was not born to be forced. I will breathe after my own fashion. Let us see who is the strongest.

--Henry David Thoreau

Longer Version:

I was not born to be forced. I will breathe after my own fashion. Let us see who is the strongest. What force has a multitude? They can only force me who obey a higher law than I.... I do not hear of men being forced to live this way or that by masses of men. What sort of life were that to live?


quote by Henry David Thoreau: If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined.

--Henry David Thoreau

Longer Version:

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


quote by Henry David Thoreau: I have an immense appetite for solitude, like an infant for sleep, and if I don't get enough for this year, I shall cry all the next. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

I have an immense appetite for solitude, like an infant for sleep, and if I don't get enough for this year, I shall cry all the next.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: The best thing a man can do for his culture when he is rich is to endeavor to carry out those schemes which he entertained when he was poor. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

The best thing a man can do for his culture when he is rich is to endeavor to carry out those schemes which he entertained when he was poor.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Despair and postponement are cowardice and defeat. Men were born to succeed, not to fail. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Despair and postponement are cowardice and defeat. Men were born to succeed, not to fail.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.

--Henry David Thoreau

Longer Version:

I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself than be crowded on a velvet cushion. I would rather ride on earth in an ox cart, with a free circulation, than go to heaven in the fancy car of an excursion train and breathe a malaria all the way.


quote by Henry David Thoreau: Spring-an experience in immortality. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Spring-an experience in immortality.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: What fire could ever equal the sunshine of a winter's day? with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

What fire could ever equal the sunshine of a winter's day?

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: My Thanksgiving is perpetual. It is surprising how contented one can be with nothing definite -- only a sense of existence. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

My Thanksgiving is perpetual. It is surprising how contented one can be with nothing definite -- only a sense of existence.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: I find it wholesome to be alone the greater part of the time. To be in company, even with the best, is soon wearisome and dissipating. I love to be alone. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

I find it wholesome to be alone the greater part of the time. To be in company, even with the best, is soon wearisome and dissipating. I love to be alone.

--Henry David Thoreau

Longer Version:

I find it wholesome to be alone the greater part of the time. To be in company, even with the best, is soon wearisome and dissipating. I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.


quote by Henry David Thoreau: In proportion as a person simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

In proportion as a person simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: I stand in awe of my body. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

I stand in awe of my body.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: None can be an impartial or wise observer of human life but from the vantage ground of what we should call voluntary poverty. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

None can be an impartial or wise observer of human life but from the vantage ground of what we should call voluntary poverty.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Why should we live with such hurry and waste of life? We are determined to be starved before we are hungry. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Why should we live with such hurry and waste of life? We are determined to be starved before we are hungry.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.

--Henry David Thoreau

Longer Version:

Our life is frittered away by detail. An honest man has hardly need to count more than his ten fingers, or in extreme cases he may add his ten toes, and lump the rest. Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity!


quote by Henry David Thoreau: What a man thinks of himself, that it is which determines, or rather indicates his fate. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

What a man thinks of himself, that it is which determines, or rather indicates his fate.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: My profession is always to be alert, to find God in nature, to know God's lurking places, to attend to all the oratorios and the operas in nature. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

My profession is always to be alert, to find God in nature, to know God's lurking places, to attend to all the oratorios and the operas in nature.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Nature abhors a vacuum, and if I can only walk with sufficient carelessness I am sure to be filled. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Nature abhors a vacuum, and if I can only walk with sufficient carelessness I am sure to be filled.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Wildness is the preservation of the world. with background image: woman in white shirt sitting on brown rock near lake during daytime
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Wildness is the preservation of the world.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: All good things are wild and free. with background image: brown leaf on asphalt road
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All good things are wild and free.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Nature is as well adapted to our weakness as to our strength. with background image: two women walking on bridge during daytime
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Nature is as well adapted to our weakness as to our strength.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees. with background image: trees at sunset
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I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: For a man to act himself, he must be perfectly free; otherwise he is in danger of losing all sense of responsibility or of self- respect. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

For a man to act himself, he must be perfectly free; otherwise he is in danger of losing all sense of responsibility or of self- respect.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Men talk of freedom! How many are free to think? Free from fear, from perturbation, from prejudice? Nine hundred and ninety-nine in a thousand are perfect slaves. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Men talk of freedom! How many are free to think? Free from fear, from perturbation, from prejudice? Nine hundred and ninety-nine in a thousand are perfect slaves.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: The man who takes the liberty to live is superior to all the laws, by virtue of his relation to the lawmaker. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

The man who takes the liberty to live is superior to all the laws, by virtue of his relation to the lawmaker.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: We are a nation of politicians, concerned about the outmost defenses only of freedom. It is our children's children who may perchance be really free. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

We are a nation of politicians, concerned about the outmost defenses only of freedom. It is our children's children who may perchance be really free.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Every path but your own is the path of fate. Keep on your own track, then. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Every path but your own is the path of fate. Keep on your own track, then.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Cultivate the habit of early rising. It is unwise to keep the head long on a level with the feet. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Cultivate the habit of early rising. It is unwise to keep the head long on a level with the feet.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Humility, like the darkness, reveals the heavenly lights. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Humility, like the darkness, reveals the heavenly lights.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: I make myself rich by making my wants few. with background image: green plant in clear glass cup
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I make myself rich by making my wants few.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself. with background image: silhouette of off-road car
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Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: On tops of mountains, as everywhere to hopeful souls, it is always morning. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

On tops of mountains, as everywhere to hopeful souls, it is always morning.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Friends… they cherish one another's hopes. They are kind to one another's dreams. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Friends… they cherish one another's hopes. They are kind to one another's dreams.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Love must be as much a light as it is a flame. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Love must be as much a light as it is a flame.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Do not worry if you have built your castles in the air. They are where they should be. Now put the foundations under them. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Do not worry if you have built your castles in the air. They are where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Beware of all enterprises that require a new set of clothes. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Beware of all enterprises that require a new set of clothes.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: We should distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

We should distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: In wilderness is the preservation of the world. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

In wilderness is the preservation of the world.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: I say beware of all enterprises that require new clothes, and not rather a new wearer of clothes. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

I say beware of all enterprises that require new clothes, and not rather a new wearer of clothes.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.

--Henry David Thoreau

Longer Version:

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats. A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind. There is no play in them, for this comes after work. But it is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.


quote by Henry David Thoreau: Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: I have found that no exertion of the legs can bring two minds much nearer to one another. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

I have found that no exertion of the legs can bring two minds much nearer to one another.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: How many things there are concerning which we might well deliberate whether we had better know them. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

How many things there are concerning which we might well deliberate whether we had better know them.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: I have seen how the foundations of the world are laid, and I have not the least doubt that it will stand a good while. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

I have seen how the foundations of the world are laid, and I have not the least doubt that it will stand a good while.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: May we so love as never to have occasion to repent of our love! with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

May we so love as never to have occasion to repent of our love!

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: I have found that hollow, which even I had relied on for solid. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

I have found that hollow, which even I had relied on for solid.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Some are reputed sick and some are not. It often happens that the sicker man is the nurse to the sounder. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Some are reputed sick and some are not. It often happens that the sicker man is the nurse to the sounder.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Ignorance and bungling with love are better than wisdom and skill without. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Ignorance and bungling with love are better than wisdom and skill without.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: A man's interest in a single bluebird is worth more than a complete but dry list of the fauna and flora of a town. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

A man's interest in a single bluebird is worth more than a complete but dry list of the fauna and flora of a town.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: All men are children, and of one family. The same tale sends them all to bed, and wakes them in the morning. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

All men are children, and of one family. The same tale sends them all to bed, and wakes them in the morning.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: There is but one stage for the peasant and the actor. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

There is but one stage for the peasant and the actor.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: There is always a present and extant life, be it better or worse, which all combine to uphold. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

There is always a present and extant life, be it better or worse, which all combine to uphold.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Great men, unknown to their generation, have their fame among the great who have preceded them, and all true worldly fame subsides from their high estimate beyond the stars. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Great men, unknown to their generation, have their fame among the great who have preceded them, and all true worldly fame subsides from their high estimate beyond the stars.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: There never was and is not likely soon to be a nation of philosophers, nor am I certain it is desirable that there should be. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

There never was and is not likely soon to be a nation of philosophers, nor am I certain it is desirable that there should be.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Faith never makes a confession. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Faith never makes a confession.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: It is best to avoid the beginnings of evil. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

It is best to avoid the beginnings of evil.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: If you can speak what you will never hear, if you can write what you will never read, you have done rare things. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

If you can speak what you will never hear, if you can write what you will never read, you have done rare things.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Those whom we can love, we can hate; to others we are indifferent. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Those whom we can love, we can hate; to others we are indifferent.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: 'Tis healthy to be sick sometimes. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

'Tis healthy to be sick sometimes.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: There is no rule more invariable than that we are paid for our suspicions by finding what we suspect. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

There is no rule more invariable than that we are paid for our suspicions by finding what we suspect.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Faith keeps many doubts in her pay. If I could not doubt, I should not believe. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Faith keeps many doubts in her pay. If I could not doubt, I should not believe.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Being is the great explainer. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Being is the great explainer.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run. with background image: silhouette photo of couple standing on beach watching sunset
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The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: All this worldly wisdom was once the unamiable heresy of some wise man. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

All this worldly wisdom was once the unamiable heresy of some wise man.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: What is human warfare but just this; an effort to make the laws of God and nature take sides with one party. with background image: silver and gold UNK on brown wooden surface
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What is human warfare but just this; an effort to make the laws of God and nature take sides with one party.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: We shall see but a little way if we require to understand what we see. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

We shall see but a little way if we require to understand what we see.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: What old people say you cannot do, you try and find that you can. Old deeds for old people, and new deeds for new. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

What old people say you cannot do, you try and find that you can. Old deeds for old people, and new deeds for new.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: It is an interesting question how far men would retain their relative rank if they were divested of their clothes. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

It is an interesting question how far men would retain their relative rank if they were divested of their clothes.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than this incessant business. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than this incessant business.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: The squirrel that you kill in jest, dies in earnest. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

The squirrel that you kill in jest, dies in earnest.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: It is remarkable how closely the history of the apple tree is connected with that of man. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

It is remarkable how closely the history of the apple tree is connected with that of man.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: The language of excitement is at best picturesque merely. You must be calm before you can utter oracles. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

The language of excitement is at best picturesque merely. You must be calm before you can utter oracles.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Front yards are not made to walk in, but, at most, through, and you could go in the back way. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Front yards are not made to walk in, but, at most, through, and you could go in the back way.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Books are to be distinguished by the grandeur of their topics even more than by the manner in which they are treated. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Books are to be distinguished by the grandeur of their topics even more than by the manner in which they are treated.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. Men will believe what they see. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. Men will believe what they see.

--Henry David Thoreau

Longer Version:

If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. But do not care to convince him. Men will believe what they see. Let them see.


quote by Henry David Thoreau: It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about? with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Generally speaking, a howling wilderness does not howl: it is the imagination of the traveler that does the howling. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Generally speaking, a howling wilderness does not howl: it is the imagination of the traveler that does the howling.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: In the meanest are all the materials of manhood, only they are not rightly disposed. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

In the meanest are all the materials of manhood, only they are not rightly disposed.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: There is more of good nature than of good sense at the bottom of most marriages. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

There is more of good nature than of good sense at the bottom of most marriages.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: An unclean person is universally a slothful one. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

An unclean person is universally a slothful one.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: I have always been regretting that I was not as wise as the day I was born. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

I have always been regretting that I was not as wise as the day I was born.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Through our own recovered innocence we discern the innocence of our neighbors. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Through our own recovered innocence we discern the innocence of our neighbors.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.

--Henry David Thoreau

Longer Version:

lBooks are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations. Books, the oldest and the best, stand naturally and rightfully on the shelves of every cottage. They have no cause of their own to plead, but while they enlighten and sustain the reader his common sense will not refuse them. Their authors are a natural and irresistible aristocracy in every society, and, more than kings or emperors, exert an influence on mankind.


quote by Henry David Thoreau: The youth gets together his materials to build a bridge to the moon, or, perchance, a palace or temple on the earth, and, at length, the middle-aged man concludes to build a woodshed with them. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

The youth gets together his materials to build a bridge to the moon, or, perchance, a palace or temple on the earth, and, at length, the middle-aged man concludes to build a woodshed with them.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind. with background image: green palm plant during daytime
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Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.

--Henry David Thoreau

Longer Version:

Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable but positive hindrances to our progress. Our life is frittered away by detail. I say let your affairs be as two or three, not a hundred or a thousand. And keep your accounts on your thumb nail.


quote by Henry David Thoreau: It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: It appears to be a law that you cannot have a deep sympathy with both man and nature. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

It appears to be a law that you cannot have a deep sympathy with both man and nature.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: To be awake is to be alive. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

To be awake is to be alive.

--Henry David Thoreau

Longer Version:

lTo be awake is to be completely alive. I have never yet met a man who was quite awake.


quote by Henry David Thoreau: A man cannot be said to succeed in this life who does not satisfy one friend. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

A man cannot be said to succeed in this life who does not satisfy one friend.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: To have done anything just for money is to have been truly idle. with background image: airplane wing above body of water during daytime
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To have done anything just for money is to have been truly idle.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: How could youths better learn to live than by at once trying the experiment of living? with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

How could youths better learn to live than by at once trying the experiment of living?

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Night is certainly more novel and less profane than day. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Night is certainly more novel and less profane than day.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Men are born to succeed, not to fail. with background image: person holding pencil near laptop computer
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Men are born to succeed, not to fail.

--Henry David Thoreau

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