I was not born to be forced. I will breathe after my own fashion. Let us see who is the strongest.
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?
If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined.
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.
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.
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.
Despair and postponement are cowardice and defeat. Men were born to succeed, not to fail.
I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.
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.
Spring-an experience in immortality.
What fire could ever equal the sunshine of a winter's day?
My Thanksgiving is perpetual. It is surprising how contented one can be with nothing definite -- only a sense of existence.
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 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.
In proportion as a person simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude.
I stand in awe of my body.
None can be an impartial or wise observer of human life but from the vantage ground of what we should call voluntary poverty.
Why should we live with such hurry and waste of life? We are determined to be starved before we are hungry.
Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.
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!
What a man thinks of himself, that it is which determines, or rather indicates his fate.
I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.
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.
Nature abhors a vacuum, and if I can only walk with sufficient carelessness I am sure to be filled.
Wildness is the preservation of the world.
All good things are wild and free.
Nature is as well adapted to our weakness as to our strength.
I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.
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.
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.
The man who takes the liberty to live is superior to all the laws, by virtue of his relation to the lawmaker.
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.
Every path but your own is the path of fate. Keep on your own track, then.
Cultivate the habit of early rising. It is unwise to keep the head long on a level with the feet.
Humility, like the darkness, reveals the heavenly lights.
I make myself rich by making my wants few.
Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself.
On tops of mountains, as everywhere to hopeful souls, it is always morning.
Friends… they cherish one another's hopes. They are kind to one another's dreams.
Love must be as much a light as it is a flame.
Do not worry if you have built your castles in the air. They are where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
Beware of all enterprises that require a new set of clothes.
Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.
We should distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.
In wilderness is the preservation of the world.
I say beware of all enterprises that require new clothes, and not rather a new wearer of clothes.
The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.
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.
Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.
I have found that no exertion of the legs can bring two minds much nearer to one another.
How many things there are concerning which we might well deliberate whether we had better know them.
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.
May we so love as never to have occasion to repent of our love!
I have found that hollow, which even I had relied on for solid.
Some are reputed sick and some are not. It often happens that the sicker man is the nurse to the sounder.
Ignorance and bungling with love are better than wisdom and skill without.
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.
All men are children, and of one family. The same tale sends them all to bed, and wakes them in the morning.
There is but one stage for the peasant and the actor.
There is always a present and extant life, be it better or worse, which all combine to uphold.
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.
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.
Faith never makes a confession.
It is best to avoid the beginnings of evil.
If you can speak what you will never hear, if you can write what you will never read, you have done rare things.
Those whom we can love, we can hate; to others we are indifferent.
'Tis healthy to be sick sometimes.
There is no rule more invariable than that we are paid for our suspicions by finding what we suspect.
Faith keeps many doubts in her pay. If I could not doubt, I should not believe.
Being is the great explainer.
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.
All this worldly wisdom was once the unamiable heresy of some wise man.
Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it.
What is human warfare but just this; an effort to make the laws of God and nature take sides with one party.
We shall see but a little way if we require to understand what we see.
What old people say you cannot do, you try and find that you can. Old deeds for old people, and new deeds for new.
It is an interesting question how far men would retain their relative rank if they were divested of their clothes.
I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than this incessant business.
The squirrel that you kill in jest, dies in earnest.
The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.
It is remarkable how closely the history of the apple tree is connected with that of man.
The language of excitement is at best picturesque merely. You must be calm before you can utter oracles.
Front yards are not made to walk in, but, at most, through, and you could go in the back way.
Books are to be distinguished by the grandeur of their topics even more than by the manner in which they are treated.
If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. Men will believe what they see.
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.
It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?
Generally speaking, a howling wilderness does not howl: it is the imagination of the traveler that does the howling.
In the meanest are all the materials of manhood, only they are not rightly disposed.
There is more of good nature than of good sense at the bottom of most marriages.
An unclean person is universally a slothful one.
I have always been regretting that I was not as wise as the day I was born.
Through our own recovered innocence we discern the innocence of our neighbors.
Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right.
It appears to be a law that you cannot have a deep sympathy with both man and nature.
None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.
To be awake is to be alive.
lTo be awake is to be completely alive. I have never yet met a man who was quite awake.
A man cannot be said to succeed in this life who does not satisfy one friend.
To have done anything just for money is to have been truly idle.
How could youths better learn to live than by at once trying the experiment of living?
Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.
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.
Night is certainly more novel and less profane than day.
Men are born to succeed, not to fail.
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