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Henry David Thoreau Quote: “It takes two to speak the truth: one to speak, and another to hear.”

It takes two to speak the truth: one to speak, and another to hear.

— Henry David Thoreau



Henry David Thoreau Quote: “I have found that no exertion of the legs can bring two minds much nearer to one another.”

I have found that no exertion of the legs can bring two minds much nearer to one another.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “I have a room all to myself; it is nature.”

I have a room all to myself; it is nature.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Let us spend one day as deliberately as Nature, and not be thrown off the track by every nutshell and mosquito’s wing that falls on the rails.”

Let us spend one day as deliberately as Nature, and not be thrown off the track by every nutshell and mosquito’s wing that falls on the rails.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “A healthy man, indeed, is the complement of the seasons, and in winter, summer is in his heart.”

A healthy man, indeed, is the complement of the seasons, and in winter, summer is in his heart.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “I can alter my life by altering my attitude. He who would have nothing to do with thorns must never attempt to gather flowers.”

I can alter my life by altering my attitude. He who would have nothing to do with thorns must never attempt to gather flowers.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “The fibers of all things have their tension and are strained like the strings of an instrument.”

The fibers of all things have their tension and are strained like the strings of an instrument.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Wherever men have lived, there is a story to be told.”

Wherever men have lived, there is a story to be told.

— Henry David Thoreau


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.”

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


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “The indescribable innocence of and beneficence of Nature,-of sun and wind and rain, of summer and winter,-such health, such cheer, they afford forever!”

The indescribable innocence of and beneficence of Nature,-of sun and wind and rain, of summer and winter,-such health, such cheer, they afford forever!

— Henry David Thoreau


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.”

The American has dwindled into an Odd Fellow,-one who may be known by the development of his organ of gregariousness.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Silence is the universal refuge, the sequel to all dull discourses and all foolish acts, a balm to our every chagrin, as welcome after satiety as after disappointment.”

Silence is the universal refuge, the sequel to all dull discourses and all foolish acts, a balm to our every chagrin, as welcome after satiety as after disappointment.

— Henry David Thoreau


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.”

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


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Methinks my own soul must be a bright invisible green.”

Methinks my own soul must be a bright invisible green.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Any man more right than his neighbors constitutes a majority of one already.”

Any man more right than his neighbors constitutes a majority of one already.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “I wish to speak a word for Nature, for absolute Freedom and Wildness, as contrasted with a Freedom and Culture merely civil, – to regard man as an inhabitant, or a part and parcel of Nature, rather than a member of society.”

I wish to speak a word for Nature, for absolute Freedom and Wildness, as contrasted with a Freedom and Culture merely civil, – to regard man as an inhabitant, or a part and parcel of Nature, rather than a member of society.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “I should not talk so much about myself if there were anybody else whom I knew as well.”

I should not talk so much about myself if there were anybody else whom I knew as well.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Unto a life which I call natural I would gladly follow even a will-o’-the-wisp through bogs and sloughs unimaginable, but no moonnor firefly has shown me the causeway to it.”

Unto a life which I call natural I would gladly follow even a will-o’-the-wisp through bogs and sloughs unimaginable, but no moonnor firefly has shown me the causeway to it.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “What wealth is it to have such friends that we cannot think of them without elevation!”

What wealth is it to have such friends that we cannot think of them without elevation!

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “The boy gathers materials for a temple, and then when he is thirty, concludes to build a woodshed.”

The boy gathers materials for a temple, and then when he is thirty, concludes to build a woodshed.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “The silence sings. It is musical. I remember a night when it was audible. I heard the unspeakable.”

The silence sings. It is musical. I remember a night when it was audible. I heard the unspeakable.

— Henry David Thoreau


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.”

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.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Simplicity is the peak of civilization.”

Simplicity is the peak of civilization.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “However mean your life is, meet it and live it.”

However mean your life is, meet it and live it.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “The only wealth is life.”

The only wealth is life.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “In accumulating property for ourselves or our posterity, in founding a family or a state, or acquiring fame even, we are mortal; but in dealing with truth we are immortal, and need fear no change nor accident.”

In accumulating property for ourselves or our posterity, in founding a family or a state, or acquiring fame even, we are mortal; but in dealing with truth we are immortal, and need fear no change nor accident.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast.”

There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Is a democracy, such as we know it, the last improvement possible in government? Is it not possible to take a step further towardsrecognizing and organizing the rights of man?”

Is a democracy, such as we know it, the last improvement possible in government? Is it not possible to take a step further towardsrecognizing and organizing the rights of man?

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “The voice of nature is always encouraging.”

The voice of nature is always encouraging.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Genius is a light which makes the darkness visible, like the lightning’s flash, which perchance shatters the temple of knowledge itself.”

Genius is a light which makes the darkness visible, like the lightning’s flash, which perchance shatters the temple of knowledge itself.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “As every season seems best to us in its turn, so the coming in of spring is like the creation of Cosmos out of Chaos and the realization of the Golden Age.”

As every season seems best to us in its turn, so the coming in of spring is like the creation of Cosmos out of Chaos and the realization of the Golden Age.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Only the traveling is good which reveals to me the value of home and enables me to enjoy it better.”

Only the traveling is good which reveals to me the value of home and enables me to enjoy it better.

— Henry David Thoreau


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.”

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


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Everything counts for gain when we are cosmically awake. Nothing counts, unless we are awake. No enjoyments last, no successes satisfy, no gains have meaning unless accomplished in a state of wakefulness.”

Everything counts for gain when we are cosmically awake. Nothing counts, unless we are awake. No enjoyments last, no successes satisfy, no gains have meaning unless accomplished in a state of wakefulness.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Rescue the drowning and tie your shoestrings.”

Rescue the drowning and tie your shoestrings.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Live free, child of the mist,- and with respect to knowledge we are allchildren of the mist.”

Live free, child of the mist,- and with respect to knowledge we are allchildren of the mist.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “If words were invented to conceal thought, newspapers are a great improvement of a bad invention.”

If words were invented to conceal thought, newspapers are a great improvement of a bad invention.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “What is sour in the house a bracing walk in the woods makes sweet.”

What is sour in the house a bracing walk in the woods makes sweet.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Man is an animal who more than any other can adapt himself to all climates and circumstances.”

Man is an animal who more than any other can adapt himself to all climates and circumstances.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “The law will never make a man free; it is men who have got to make the law free.”

The law will never make a man free; it is men who have got to make the law free.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “I begin to see an object when I cease to understand it.”

I begin to see an object when I cease to understand it.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “There is more religion in men’s science, than there is science in their religion.”

There is more religion in men’s science, than there is science in their religion.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.”

Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Dwell as near as possible to the channel in which your life flows.”

Dwell as near as possible to the channel in which your life flows.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “The nonchalance and dolce-far-niente air of nature and society hint at infinite periods in the progress of mankind.”

The nonchalance and dolce-far-niente air of nature and society hint at infinite periods in the progress of mankind.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “By a conscious effort of the mind we can stand aloof from actions and their consequences; and all things, good and bad, go by us like a torrent.”

By a conscious effort of the mind we can stand aloof from actions and their consequences; and all things, good and bad, go by us like a torrent.

— Henry David Thoreau


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.”

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


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “What exercise is to the body, employment is to the mind and morals.”

What exercise is to the body, employment is to the mind and morals.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “We should come home from adventures, and perils, and discoveries every day with new experience and character.”

We should come home from adventures, and perils, and discoveries every day with new experience and character.

— Henry David Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau Quote: “Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk.”

Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk.

— Henry David Thoreau

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