Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau

American writer

Lived from: 1817-1862

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: Henry David Thoreau

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    Our truest life is when we are in our dreams awake.
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    Almost any man knows how to earn money, but not one in a million knows how to spend it.
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    Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it
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    How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book! The book exists for us, perchance, that will explain our miracles and reveal new ones. The at present unutterable things we may find somewhere uttered.
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    City life is millions of people being lonesome together.
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    Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty.
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    For what are the classics but the noblest thoughts of man? They are the only oracles which are not decayed, and there are such answers to the most modern inquiry in them as Delphi and Dodona never gave. We might as well omit to study Nature because she is old.
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    I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.
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    I sat at a table where were rich food and wine in abundance, and obsequious attendance, but sincerity and truth were not; and I went away hungry from the inhospitable board.
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    It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.
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    It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?
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    Poetry implies the whole truth, philosophy expresses only a particle of it.
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    The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked what I thought, and attended to my answer.
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    The mass never comes up to the standard of its best member, but on the contrary degrades itself to a level with the lowest.
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    There are thousands hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.
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