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quote by Henry David Thoreau: There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: The universe is wider than our views of it. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

The universe is wider than our views of it.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Books can only reveal us to ourselves, and as often as they do us this service we lay them aside. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Books can only reveal us to ourselves, and as often as they do us this service we lay them aside.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Only that day dawns to which we are awake. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Only that day dawns to which we are awake.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live. with background image: time lapse photography of fire
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How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: I often visited a particular plant four or five miles distant, half a dozen times within a fortnight, that I might know exactly when it opened. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

I often visited a particular plant four or five miles distant, half a dozen times within a fortnight, that I might know exactly when it opened.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: It is not part of a true culture to tame tigers, any more than it is to make sheep ferocious. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

It is not part of a true culture to tame tigers, any more than it is to make sheep ferocious.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: God reigns when we take a liberal view, when a liberal view is presented to us. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

God reigns when we take a liberal view, when a liberal view is presented to us.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: The law will never make a man free; it is men who have got to make the law free. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

The law will never make a man free; it is men who have got to make the law free.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: How can any man be weak who dares to be at all? with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

How can any man be weak who dares to be at all?

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant? with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: The smallest seed of faith is better than the largest fruit of happiness. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

The smallest seed of faith is better than the largest fruit of happiness.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: If misery loves company, misery has company enough. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

If misery loves company, misery has company enough.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Money is not required to buy one necessity of the soul. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Money is not required to buy one necessity of the soul.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: That man is rich whose pleasures are the cheapest. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

That man is rich whose pleasures are the cheapest.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: The finest workers in stone are not copper or steel tools, but the gentle touches of air and water working at their leisure with a liberal allowance of time. with background image: pink and white light illustration
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The finest workers in stone are not copper or steel tools, but the gentle touches of air and water working at their leisure with a liberal allowance of time.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads. with background image: silhouette of mountain during sunset
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Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: It takes two to speak the truth: one to speak, and another to hear. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

It takes two to speak the truth: one to speak, and another to hear.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: To be admitted to Nature's hearth costs nothing. None is excluded, but excludes himself. You have only to push aside the curtain. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

To be admitted to Nature's hearth costs nothing. None is excluded, but excludes himself. You have only to push aside the curtain.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: It is too late to be studying Hebrew; it is more important to understand even the slang of today. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

It is too late to be studying Hebrew; it is more important to understand even the slang of today.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aid, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aid, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: After the first blush of sin comes its indifference. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

After the first blush of sin comes its indifference.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Instead of noblemen, let us have noble villages of men. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Instead of noblemen, let us have noble villages of men.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: That government is best which governs least. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

That government is best which governs least.

--Henry David Thoreau

Longer Version:

That government is best which governs not at all; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have.


quote by Henry David Thoreau: As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Not only must we be good, but we must also be good for something. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Not only must we be good, but we must also be good for something.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: It is only when we forget all our learning that we begin to know. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

It is only when we forget all our learning that we begin to know.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment. with background image: boy standing on grass and facing fence during daytime
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If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.

--Henry David Thoreau

Longer Version:

You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this, or the like of this. I wish to live ever as to derive my satisfactions and inspirations from the commonest events, everyday phenomena, so that what my senses hourly perceive, my daily walk, the conversation of my neighbors, may inspire me, and I may dream of no heaven but that which lies about me.


quote by Henry David Thoreau: The language of friendship is not words but meanings. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

The language of friendship is not words but meanings.

--Henry David Thoreau

Longer Version:

The language of friendship is not words , but rather meanings. It is an intelligence above language.


quote by Henry David Thoreau: It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.

--Henry David Thoreau

Longer Version:

lIt's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see - i.e. compare it to, something worse or better, that determines whether you are respectively grateful and happy or ungrateful and bitter.


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: Thaw with her gentle persuasion is more powerful than Thor with his hammer. The one melts, the other breaks into pieces. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Thaw with her gentle persuasion is more powerful than Thor with his hammer. The one melts, the other breaks into pieces.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things. with background image: pink flowers in tilt shift lens
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It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it. with background image: black vehicle on road between trees during daytime
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Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: I put a piece of paper under my pillow, and when I could not sleep I wrote in the dark. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

I put a piece of paper under my pillow, and when I could not sleep I wrote in the dark.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Men have become the tools of their tools. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Men have become the tools of their tools.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Goodness is the only investment that never fails. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Goodness is the only investment that never fails.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them. with background image: body of water
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If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: There is no remedy for love but to love more. with background image: shallow focus photography of red flower
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There is no remedy for love but to love more.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: As if you could kill time without injuring eternity. with background image: worm's eye view of trees during night time
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As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends... Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends... Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.

--Henry David Thoreau
quote by Henry David Thoreau: Do what you love. Know your own bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw it still. with background image: photo of author Henry David Thoreau with quote

Do what you love. Know your own bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw it still.

--Henry David Thoreau

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