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Henry David Thoreau Quote: “It is hard to have a Southern overseer; it is worse to have a Northern one; but worst of all when you are yourself the slave-driver.”
Henry David Thoreau Quote: “The boy gathers materials for a temple, and then when he is thirty, concludes to build a woodshed.”
Henry David Thoreau Quote: “A man sits as many risks as he runs.”
Henry David Thoreau Quote: “The rich man is always sold to the institution which makes him rich. Absolutely speaking, the more money, the less virtue.”
Henry David Thoreau Quote: “I have a room all to myself; it is nature.”
Henry David Thoreau Quote: “I am a majority of one.”
Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Begin where you are and such as you are, without aiming mainly to become of more worth, and with kindness aforethought, go about doing good.”
Henry David Thoreau Quote: “No man ever followed his genius til it misled him.”
Henry David Thoreau Quote: “The lawyer’s truth is not Truth, but consistency or a consistent expediency.”
Henry David Thoreau Quote: “What we call wildness is a civilization other than our own.”
Henry David Thoreau Quote: “The law will never make a man free; it is men who have got to make the law free.”
Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Men talk about Bible miracles because there is no miracle in their lives. Cease to gnaw that crust. There is ripe fruit over your head.”
Henry David Thoreau Quote: “The cart before the horse is neither beautiful nor useful. Before we can adorn our houses with beautiful objects the walls must bestripped, and our lives must be stripped, and beautiful housekeeping and beautiful living laid for a foundation.”
Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Only the traveling is good which reveals to me the value of home and enables me to enjoy it better.”
Henry David Thoreau Quote: “We should never stand upon ceremony with sincerity. We should never cheat and insult and banish one another by our meanness, if there were present the kernel of worth and friendliness. We should not meet thus in haste.”
Henry David Thoreau Quote: “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.”
Henry David Thoreau Quote: “To regret deeply is to live afresh.”
Henry David Thoreau Quote: “When one man has reduced a fact of the imagination to be a fact to his understanding, I foresee that all men will at length establish their lives on that basis.”
Henry David Thoreau Quote: “You must ascend a mountain to learn your relation to matter, and so to your own body, for it is at home there, though you are not.”
Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Nature spontaneously keeps us well. Do not resist her!”
Henry David Thoreau Quote: “To a philosopher all news, as it is called, is gossip, and they who edit and read it are old women over their tea.”
Henry David Thoreau Quote: “If the alternative is to keep all just men in prison, or give up war and slavery, the State will not hesitate which to choose.”
Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Man cannot afford to be a naturalist, to look at Nature directly, but only with the side of his eye. He must look through and beyond her.”
Henry David Thoreau Quote: “When the true criminals are running around free, the only honorable place for a decent human being is in prisons.”
Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Then at night the general stillness is more impressive than any sound, but occasionally you hear the note of an owl farther or nearer in the woods, and if near a lake, the semihuman cry of the loons at their unearthly revels.”
Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Men and boys are learning all kinds of trades but how to make men of themselves. They learn to make houses; but they are not so well housed, they are not so contented in their houses, as the woodchucks in their holes.”
Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Nearest to all things is that power which fashions their being. Next to us the grandest laws are constantly being executed. Next to us is not the workman whom we have hired, with whom we love so well to talk, but the workman whose work we are.”
Henry David Thoreau Quote: “When I hear a grown man or woman say, “Once I had faith in men, now I have not,” I am inclined to ask, “Who are you whom the world has disappointed? Have not you rather disappointed the world?””
Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison.”
Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Concord River is remarkable for the gentleness of its current, which is scarcely perceptible, and some have referred to its influence the proverbial moderation of the inhabitants of Concord, as exhibited in the Revolution, and on later occasions.”
Henry David Thoreau Quote: “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.”
Henry David Thoreau Quote: “While civilization has been improving our houses, it has not equally improved the men who are to inhabit them. It has created palaces, but it was not so easy to create noblemen and kings.”
Henry David Thoreau Quote: “There will never be a really free and enlightened state until the state comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are derived.”
Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Our sadness is not sad, but our cheap joys.”
Henry David Thoreau Quote: “The sail, the play of its pulse so like our own lives: so thin and yet so full of life, so noiseless when it labors hardest, so noisy and impatient when least effective.”
Henry David Thoreau Quote: “We must have infinite faith in each other.”
Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Thus men will lie on their backs, talking about the fall of man, and never make an effort to get up.”
Henry David Thoreau Quote: “The thinnest yellow light of November is more warming and exhilarating than any wine they tell of. The mite which November contributes becomes equal in value to the bounty of July.”
Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Men go back to the mountains, as they go back to sailing ships at sea, because in the mountains and on the sea they must face up.”
Henry David Thoreau 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: “Why should I feel lonely? is not our planet in the Milky Way?”
Henry David Thoreau Quote: “It is truly enough said that a corporation has no conscience, but a corporation of conscientious men is a corporation with a conscience.”
Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Cast your whole vote, not a strip of paper merely, but your whole influence.”
Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Who hears the fishes when they cry?”
Henry David Thoreau Quote: “We cannot but pity the boy who has never fired a gun; he is no more humane, while his education has been sadly neglected.”
Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Fire is the most tolerable third party.”
Henry David Thoreau Quote: “The hero is commonly the simplest and obscurest of men.”
Henry David Thoreau Quote: “I have found that no exertion of the legs can bring two minds much nearer to one another.”
Henry David Thoreau Quote: “The American has dwindled into an Odd Fellow,-one who may be known by the development of his organ of gregariousness.”
Henry David Thoreau Quote: “At death our friends and relatives either draw nearer to us and are found out, or depart farther from us and are forgotten. Friends are as often brought nearer together as separated by death.”
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