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Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.”

Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.

— Henry David Thoreau



Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.”

Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Cultivate poverty like a garden herb, like sage.”

Cultivate poverty like a garden herb, like sage.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Rise free from care before the dawn and seek adventure. Let the noon find you by other lakes, and the night overtake thee everywhere at home. There are no larger fields than these, no worthier games than may here be played.”

Rise free from care before the dawn and seek adventure. Let the noon find you by other lakes, and the night overtake thee everywhere at home. There are no larger fields than these, no worthier games than may here be played.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “A man may acquire a taste for wine or brandy, and so lose his love for water, but should we not pity him.”

A man may acquire a taste for wine or brandy, and so lose his love for water, but should we not pity him.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.”

Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “It’s the beauty within us that makes it possible for us to recognize the beauty around us. The question is not what you look at but what you see.”

It’s the beauty within us that makes it possible for us to recognize the beauty around us. The question is not what you look at but what you see.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “To inherit property is not to be born – it is to be still-born, rather.”

To inherit property is not to be born – it is to be still-born, rather.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Things do not change; we change.”

Things do not change; we change.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “I am grateful for what I have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.”

I am grateful for what I have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “All endeavour calls for the ability to tramp the last mile, shape the last plan, endure the last hours toil.”

All endeavour calls for the ability to tramp the last mile, shape the last plan, endure the last hours toil.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “When it’s time to die, let us not discover that we have never lived.”

When it’s time to die, let us not discover that we have never lived.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Let your capital be simplicity and contentment.”

Let your capital be simplicity and contentment.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “The devil finds work for idle hands.”

The devil finds work for idle hands.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “I never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude.”

I never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “The question is not what you look at – but how you look, and whether you see.”

The question is not what you look at – but how you look, and whether you see.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “The way you spend Christmas is far more important than how much.”

The way you spend Christmas is far more important than how much.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau 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.”

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


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “The soul grows by subtraction, not addition.”

The soul grows by subtraction, not addition.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Do not lose hold of your dreams or aspirations. For if you do, you may still exist but you have ceased to live.”

Do not lose hold of your dreams or aspirations. For if you do, you may still exist but you have ceased to live.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “How can we remember our ignorance, which our growth requires, when we are using our knowledge all the time?”

How can we remember our ignorance, which our growth requires, when we are using our knowledge all the time?

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “In wildness is the preservation of the world.”

In wildness is the preservation of the world.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Wherever you may seek solitude, men will ferret you out and compel you to belong to their desperate company of oddfellows.”

Wherever you may seek solitude, men will ferret you out and compel you to belong to their desperate company of oddfellows.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.”

Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “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.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “One is not born into the world to do everything but to do something.”

One is not born into the world to do everything but to do something.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “To be awake is to be alive.”

To be awake is to be alive.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.”

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

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Live your life, do your work, then take your hat.”

Live your life, do your work, then take your hat.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Every blade in the field – Every leaf in the forest – lays down its life in its season as beautifully as it was taken up.”

Every blade in the field – Every leaf in the forest – lays down its life in its season as beautifully as it was taken up.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success.”

We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Anyone in a free society where the laws are unjust has an obligation to break the law.”

Anyone in a free society where the laws are unjust has an obligation to break the law.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Rise free from care before the dawn, and seek adventures.”

Rise free from care before the dawn, and seek adventures.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately...”

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately...

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Behave so the aroma of your actions may enhance the general sweetness of the atmosphere.”

Behave so the aroma of your actions may enhance the general sweetness of the atmosphere.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Men have become the tools of their tools.”

Men have become the tools of their tools.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “I have never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude. We are for the most part more lonely when we go abroad among men than when we stay in our chambers. A man thinking or working is always alone, let him be where he will.”

I have never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude. We are for the most part more lonely when we go abroad among men than when we stay in our chambers. A man thinking or working is always alone, let him be where he will.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Nature is doing her best each moment to make us well. Why, nature is but another name for health.”

Nature is doing her best each moment to make us well. Why, nature is but another name for health.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.”

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

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “A man’s wealth is measured by what he doesn’t need.”

A man’s wealth is measured by what he doesn’t need.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “You must not only aim right, but draw the bow with all your might.”

You must not only aim right, but draw the bow with all your might.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.”

To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Haste makes waste, no less in life than in housekeeping.”

Haste makes waste, no less in life than in housekeeping.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “There is one consolation in being sick; and that is the possibility that you may recover to a better state than you were ever in before.”

There is one consolation in being sick; and that is the possibility that you may recover to a better state than you were ever in before.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “The fault finder will find faults even in paradise and thereby miss the joys that recognition of the positives bring.”

The fault finder will find faults even in paradise and thereby miss the joys that recognition of the positives bring.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “The future is too soon the past. So make perseverance your excellence and go confidently in the direction of your dreams.”

The future is too soon the past. So make perseverance your excellence and go confidently in the direction of your dreams.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “I love nature, I love the landscape, because it is so sincere. It never cheats me. It never jests. It is cheerfully, musically earnest. I lie and relie on the earth.”

I love nature, I love the landscape, because it is so sincere. It never cheats me. It never jests. It is cheerfully, musically earnest. I lie and relie on the earth.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.”

Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.”

If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Only he is successful in his business who makes that pursuit which affords him the highest pleasure sustain him.”

Only he is successful in his business who makes that pursuit which affords him the highest pleasure sustain him.

— Henry David Thoreau

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