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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    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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    Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it
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    Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty.
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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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    This American government - what is it but a tradition, though a recent one, endeavoring to transmit itself unimpaired to posterity, but each instant losing some of its integrity? It has not the vitality and force of a single living man; for a single man can bend it to his will.
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    To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity, and trust. It is to solve some of the problems of life, not only theoretically, but practically.
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    To regret deeply is to live afresh.
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