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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    If one advances confidently in the directions of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
  • David Henry Thoreau
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    Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it
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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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    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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    I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.
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    A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.
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    A minority is powerless while it conforms to the majority; it is not even a minority then; but it is irresistible when it clogs by its whole weight.
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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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    As for doing good; that is one of the professions which is full. Moreover I have tried it fairly and, strange as it may seem, am satisfied that it does not agree with my constitution.
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    Beware of all enterprises that require a new set of clothes.
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    Books must be read as deliberately and reservedly as they were written.
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    Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.
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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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    How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.
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