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Henry David Thoreau Quote: “I am struck by the fact that the more slowly trees grow at first, the sounder they are at the core, and I think that the same is true of human beings.”

I am struck by the fact that the more slowly trees grow at first, the sounder they are at the core, and I think that the same is true of human beings.

— Henry David Thoreau



Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Winter is the time for study, you know, and the colder it is the more studious we are.”

Winter is the time for study, you know, and the colder it is the more studious we are.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Men must speak English who can write Sanskrit; they must speak a modern language who write, perchance, an ancient and universal one.”

Men must speak English who can write Sanskrit; they must speak a modern language who write, perchance, an ancient and universal one.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.”

The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Those who work much do not work hard.”

Those who work much do not work hard.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.”

I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “He who owns little is little owned.”

He who owns little is little owned.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Love must be as much a light as it is a flame.”

Love must be as much a light as it is a flame.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Men spend the best parts of their lives earning money in order to enjoy a questionable liberty during the least valuable part of it.”

Men spend the best parts of their lives earning money in order to enjoy a questionable liberty during the least valuable part of it.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “That aim in life is highest which requires the highest and finest discipline.”

That aim in life is highest which requires the highest and finest discipline.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.”

Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself. Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.”

If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself. Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “In human intercourse the tragedy begins, not when there is misunderstanding about words, but when silence is not understood.”

In human intercourse the tragedy begins, not when there is misunderstanding about words, but when silence is not understood.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Read not the Times, read the Eternities.”

Read not the Times, read the Eternities.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “What is once well done is done forever.”

What is once well done is done forever.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Every man looks at his wood-pile with a kind of affection.”

Every man looks at his wood-pile with a kind of affection.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “In the long run, we only hit what we aim at.”

In the long run, we only hit what we aim at.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Do not despair of your life. You have force enough to overcome your obstacles.”

Do not despair of your life. You have force enough to overcome your obstacles.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “If a plant cannot live according to its nature, it dies; and so a man.”

If a plant cannot live according to its nature, it dies; and so a man.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Steady labor with the hands, which engrosses the attention also, is unquestionably the best method of removing palaver and sentimentality out of one’s style, both of speaking and writing.”

Steady labor with the hands, which engrosses the attention also, is unquestionably the best method of removing palaver and sentimentality out of one’s style, both of speaking and writing.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “What is called genius is the abundance of life and health.”

What is called genius is the abundance of life and health.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Nature is slow, but sure; she works no faster than need be; she is the tortoise that wins the race by her perseverance.”

Nature is slow, but sure; she works no faster than need be; she is the tortoise that wins the race by her perseverance.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “The bluebird carries the sky on his back.”

The bluebird carries the sky on his back.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “By my intimacy with nature I find myself withdrawn from man. My interest in the sun and the moon, in the morning and the evening, compels me to solitude.”

By my intimacy with nature I find myself withdrawn from man. My interest in the sun and the moon, in the morning and the evening, compels me to solitude.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “True friendship can afford true knowledge. It does not depend on darkness and ignorance.”

True friendship can afford true knowledge. It does not depend on darkness and ignorance.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “The universe is wider than our views of it.”

The universe is wider than our views of it.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “I would remind my countrymen that they are to be men first, and Americans only at a late and convenient hour.”

I would remind my countrymen that they are to be men first, and Americans only at a late and convenient hour.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Not only must we be good, but we must also be good for something.”

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

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Kindness to children, love for children, goodness to children – these are the only investments that never fail.”

Kindness to children, love for children, goodness to children – these are the only investments that never fail.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “City life is millions of people being lonesome together.”

City life is millions of people being lonesome together.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Health requires this relaxation, this aimless life. This life in the present.”

Health requires this relaxation, this aimless life. This life in the present.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “I am struck by the simplicity of light in the atmosphere in the autumn, as if the earth absorbed none, and out of this profusion of dazzling light came the autumnal tints.”

I am struck by the simplicity of light in the atmosphere in the autumn, as if the earth absorbed none, and out of this profusion of dazzling light came the autumnal tints.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Morning is when I am awake and there is a dawn in me.”

Morning is when I am awake and there is a dawn in me.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “You cannot perceive beauty but with a serene mind.”

You cannot perceive beauty but with a serene mind.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Let your life be a counter-friction to stop the machine. What I have to do is to see, at any rate, that I do not lend myself to the wrong which I condemn.”

Let your life be a counter-friction to stop the machine. What I have to do is to see, at any rate, that I do not lend myself to the wrong which I condemn.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “We can never have enough of nature. We must be refreshed by the sight of inexhaustible vigor.”

We can never have enough of nature. We must be refreshed by the sight of inexhaustible vigor.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Live in each season as it passes: breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit.”

Live in each season as it passes: breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Let go of the past and go for the future.”

Let go of the past and go for the future.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau 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.”

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


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “The most difficult thing to understand during conversation is silence.”

The most difficult thing to understand during conversation is silence.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.”

Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.”

None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “The language of friendship is not words but meanings.”

The language of friendship is not words but meanings.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Let your life be a counter friction to stop the machine.”

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

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “In the winter, warmth stands for all virtue.”

In the winter, warmth stands for all virtue.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Renew thyself completely each day.”

Renew thyself completely each day.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “I have no time to be in a hurry.”

I have no time to be in a hurry.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aid, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn.”

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

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “When any real progress is made, we unlearned and learn anew what we thought we knew before.”

When any real progress is made, we unlearned and learn anew what we thought we knew before.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Every path but your own is the path of fate. Keep on your own track, then.”

Every path but your own is the path of fate. Keep on your own track, then.

— Henry David Thoreau

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