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Henry David Thoreau Quote: “What sort of philosophers are we, who know absolutely nothing of the origin and destiny of cats?”

What sort of philosophers are we, who know absolutely nothing of the origin and destiny of cats?

— Henry David Thoreau



Henry David Thoreau Quote: “I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.”

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

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “All men want, not something to do with, but something to do, or rather something to be.”

All men want, not something to do with, but something to do, or rather something to be.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other’s eyes for an instant?”

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

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.”

As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “It is never too late to give up our prejudices.”

It is never too late to give up our prejudices.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.”

When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Think for yourself, or others will think for you without thinking of you.”

Think for yourself, or others will think for you without thinking of you.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.”

I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.”

Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.”

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

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book.”

How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “The rule is to carry as little as possible.”

The rule is to carry as little as possible.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.”

There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.”

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

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “I have no doubt that it is part of the destiny of the human race in it’s gradual improvement, to leave off eating animals.”

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

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau 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.”

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


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Oh to reach the point of death and realize one has not lived at all.”

Oh to reach the point of death and realize one has not lived at all.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself.”

Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “I believe that water is the only drink for a wise man.”

I believe that water is the only drink for a wise man.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes.”

Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Only that day dawns to which we are awake.”

Only that day dawns to which we are awake.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “In a world of peace and love, music would be the universal language.”

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

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Simplify, simplify, simplify.”

Simplify, simplify, simplify.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Blessed are they who never read a newspaper, for they shall see Nature, and through her, God.”

Blessed are they who never read a newspaper, for they shall see Nature, and through her, God.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “That government is best which governs least.”

That government is best which governs least.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “I was not designed to be forced. I will breathe after my own fashion. Let us see who is the strongest.”

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

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “The light which puts out our eyes is darkness to us. Only that day dawns to which we are awake. There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star.”

The light which puts out our eyes is darkness to us. Only that day dawns to which we are awake. There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “The greatest tragedy in life is to spend your whole life fishing only to discover it was never fish that you were after.”

The greatest tragedy in life is to spend your whole life fishing only to discover it was never fish that you were after.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “The biggest happiness is when at the end of the year you feel better than at the beginning.”

The biggest happiness is when at the end of the year you feel better than at the beginning.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Methinks that the moment my legs began to move, my thoughts began to flow.”

Methinks that the moment my legs began to move, my thoughts began to flow.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Do what you love. Know your own bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw it still.”

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

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Do not despair of life. Think of the fox, prowling in a winter night to satisfy his hunger. His race survives; I do not believe any of them ever committed suicide.”

Do not despair of life. Think of the fox, prowling in a winter night to satisfy his hunger. His race survives; I do not believe any of them ever committed suicide.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Of what significance are the things you can forget.”

Of what significance are the things you can forget.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end.”

Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Do not suffer your life to be taken by newspapers.”

Do not suffer your life to be taken by newspapers.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Unjust laws exist: shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once?”

Unjust laws exist: shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once?

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “There are moments when all anxiety and stated toil are becalmed in the infinite leisure and repose of nature.”

There are moments when all anxiety and stated toil are becalmed in the infinite leisure and repose of nature.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “The sun is but a morning star.”

The sun is but a morning star.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “To him whose elastic and vigorous thought keeps pace with the sun, the day is a perpetual morning.”

To him whose elastic and vigorous thought keeps pace with the sun, the day is a perpetual morning.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Every child begins the world again.”

Every child begins the world again.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “It often happens that a man develops a deeper love and friendship with his pet cat or dog than he does with most of the other humans in his life.”

It often happens that a man develops a deeper love and friendship with his pet cat or dog than he does with most of the other humans in his life.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “I do not judge men by anything they can do. Their greatest deed is the impression they make on me.”

I do not judge men by anything they can do. Their greatest deed is the impression they make on me.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.”

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

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “When you knock, ask to see God – none of the servants.”

When you knock, ask to see God – none of the servants.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “On the death of a friend, we should consider that the fates through confidence have devolved on us the task of a double living, that we have henceforth to fulfill the promise of our friend’s life also, in our own, to the world.”

On the death of a friend, we should consider that the fates through confidence have devolved on us the task of a double living, that we have henceforth to fulfill the promise of our friend’s life also, in our own, to the world.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “A man had better starve at once than lose his innocence in the process of getting his bread.”

A man had better starve at once than lose his innocence in the process of getting his bread.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “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.”

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.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “There is no history of how bad became better.”

There is no history of how bad became better.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Morning glory is the best name, it always refreshes me to see it.”

Morning glory is the best name, it always refreshes me to see it.

— Henry David Thoreau

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