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By Anonym 14 Sep

Henry David Thoreau

The discoveries which we make abroad are special and particular; those which we make at home are general and significant. The further off, the nearer the surface. The nearer home, the deeper.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henry David Thoreau

I love my friends very much, but I find that it is of no use to go to see them. I hate them commonly when I am near them. They belie themselves and deny me continually.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Henry David Thoreau

Let your life be a counter friction to stop the machine.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Henry David Thoreau

Some do not walk at all; others walk in the highways; a few walk across lots.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Henry David Thoreau

No man who acts from a sense of duty ever puts the lesser duty above the greater. No man has the desire and the ability to work onhigh things, but he has also the ability to build himself a high staging.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Henry David Thoreau

. . . I was rich, if not in money, in sunny hours and summer days. . . .

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henry David Thoreau

In a world of peace and love, music would be the universal language.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Henry David Thoreau

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henry David Thoreau

But government in which the majority rule in all cases can not be based on justice, even as far as men understand it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Henry David Thoreau

Since most of us spend our lives doing ordinary tasks, the most important thing is to carry them out extraordinarily well.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Henry David Thoreau

Only the defeated and deserters go to war.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Henry David Thoreau

I walk out into a nature such as the old prophets and poets Menu, Moses, Homer, Chaucer, walked in. You may name it America, but it is not America. Neither Americus Vespucius, nor Columbus, nor the rest were the discoverers of it. There is a truer account of it in Mythology than in any history of America so called that I have seen.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Henry David Thoreau

The book has never been written which is to be accepted without any allowance.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henry David Thoreau

Experience is in the fingers and head. The heart is inexperienced.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henry David Thoreau

I have thoroughly tried school-keeping, and found that my expenses were in proportion, or rather out of proportion, to my income,for I was obliged to dress and train, not to say think and believe, accordingly, and I lost my time into the bargain. As I did not teach for the good of my fellow-men, but simply for a livelihood, this was a failure. I have tried trade; but I found that it would take ten years to get under way in that, and that then I should probably be on my way to the devil. I was actually afraid that I might by that time be doing what is called a good business.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Henry David Thoreau

The path of least resistance leads to crooked rivers and crooked men.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henry David Thoreau

Exaggeration! was ever any virtue attributed to a man without exaggeration? was ever any vice, without infinite exaggeration? Do we not exaggerate ourselves to ourselves, or do we recognize ourselves for the actual men we are? Are we not all great men? Yet what are we actually, to speak of? We live by exaggeration.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henry David Thoreau

I am awaked almost every night by the panting of the locomotive. It interrupts my dreams. There is no sabbath.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Henry David Thoreau

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Henry David Thoreau

Nothing goes by luck in composition. It allows of no tricks. The best you can write will be the best you are.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Henry David Thoreau

This world is a place of business. What an infinite bustle! I am awaked almost every night by the panting of the locomotive. It interrupts my dreams. There is no sabbath. It would be glorious to see mankind at leisure for once. It is nothing but work, work, work.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henry David Thoreau

As polishing expresses the vein in marble, and grain in wood, so music brings out what of heroic lurks anywhere. The hero is the sole patron of music.

By Anonym 15 Sep

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Henry David Thoreau

Why does it [government] always crucify Christ, and excommunicate Copernicus and Luther, and pronounce Washington and Franklin rebels?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henry David Thoreau

In my walks, I would fain return to my senses. What business have I in the woods if I am thinking of something out of the woods?

By Anonym 14 Sep

Henry David Thoreau

It is remarkable that there are few men so well employed, so much to their minds, but that a little money or fame would commonly buy them off from their present pursuit.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Henry David Thoreau

The fire is the main comfort of the camp, whether in summer or winter

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Henry David Thoreau

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Henry David Thoreau

Politics is the gizzard of society, full of gut and gravel.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henry David Thoreau

In the wildest nature, there is not only the material of the most cultivated life, and a sort of anticipation of the last result,but a greater refinement already than is ever attained by man.... Nature is prepared to welcome into her scenery the finest work of human art, for she is herself an art so cunning that the artist never appears in his work.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Henry David Thoreau

Wherever a man goes, men will pursue him and paw him with their dirty institutions, and, if they can, constrain him to belong to their desperate odd-fellow society.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henry David Thoreau

How far men go for the material of their houses! The inhabitants of the most civilized cities, in all ages, send into far, primitive forests, beyond the bounds of their civilization, where the moose and bear and savage dwell, for their pine boards for ordinary use. And, on the other hand, the savage soon receives from cities iron arrow-points, hatchets, and guns, to point his savageness with.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Henry David Thoreau

You must speak loud to those who are hard of hearing.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henry David Thoreau

In what concerns you much, do not think that you have companions: know that you are alone in the world.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Henry David Thoreau

People die of fright and live of confidence.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henry David Thoreau

In our daily intercourse with men, our nobler faculties are dormant and suffered to rust. None will pay us the compliment to expect nobleness from us. Though we have gold to give, they demand only copper.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Henry David Thoreau

This bird sees the white man come and the Indian withdraw, but it withdraws not. Its untamed voice is still heard above the tinkling of the forge... It remains to remind us of aboriginal nature.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henry David Thoreau

Compliments and flattery oftenest excite my contempt by the pretension they imply; for who is he that assumes to flatter me? To compliment often implies an assumption of superiority in the complimenter. It is, in fact, a subtle detraction.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henry David Thoreau

I am no more lonely than a single mullein or dandelion in a pasture, or a bean leaf, or sorrel, or a horse-fly, or a bumblebee. I am no more lonely than the Mill Brook, or a weathercock, or the north star, or the south wind, or an April shower, or a January thaw, or the first spider in a new house.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Henry David Thoreau

You boast of spending a tenth part of your income in charity; may be you should spend the nine tenths so, and done with it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Henry David Thoreau

Methinks some creeds in vestries and churches do forget the hunter wrapped in furs by the Great Slave Lake, and that the Esquimauxsledges are drawn by dogs, and in the twilight of the northern night the hunter does not give over to follow the seal and walrus on the ice. They are of sick and diseased imaginations who would toll the world's knell so soon. Cannot these sedentary sects do better than prepare the shrouds and write the epitaphs of those other busy living men? The practical faith of all men belies the preacher's consolation.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Henry David Thoreau

O for a man who is a man, and, as my neighbor says, has a bone in his back which you cannot pass your hand through!

By Anonym 14 Sep

Henry David Thoreau

On the whole, my respect for my fellow-men, except as one may outweigh a million, is not being increased these days.... Such do not know that like the seed is the fruit, and that, in the moral world, when good seed is planted, good fruit is inevitable, and does not depend on our watering and cultivating; that when you plant, or bury, a hero in his field, a crop of heroes is sure to spring up. This is a seed of such force and vitality, that it does not ask our leave to germinate.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Henry David Thoreau

That Cabot merely landed on the uninhabitable shore of Labrador gave the English no just title to New England, or to the United States generally, any more than to Patagonia.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henry David Thoreau

I have no doubt that it is part of the destiny of the human race in its gradual improvement, to leave off eating animals.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Henry David Thoreau

Trees indeed have hearts.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henry David Thoreau

I may add that I am enjoying existence as much as ever, and regret nothing.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henry David Thoreau

A tanned skin is something more than respectable, and perhaps olive is a fitter color than white for a man,--a denizen of the woods. "The pale white man!" I do not wonder that the African pitied him.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Henry David Thoreau

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

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henry David Thoreau

Faint heart never won true friend. O my friend, may it come to pass, once, that when you are my friend I may be yours.