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177 Famous Quotes by Henry David Thoreau
7/12/1817 - 5/6/1862
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Henry Thoreau     Thoreau     Thoreau, Henry David
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Even the best things are not equal to their fame.

Fame Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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I think that we may safely trust a good deal more than we do. We may waive just so much care of ourselves as we honestly bestow elsewhere.

Trust Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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The finest qualities of our nature, like the bloom on fruits, can be preserved only by the most delicate handling. Yet we do not treat ourselves nor one another thus tenderly.

Sensitivity Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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Men are probably nearer the central truth in their superstitions than in their science.

Superstition Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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

Luxury Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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Things do not change; we change.

Change Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.

Dreams Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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It is usually the imagination that is wounded first, rather than the heart; it being much more sensitive.

Sensitivity Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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There is no rule more invariable than that we are paid for our suspicions by finding what we suspect.

Suspicion Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.

Death / immortality Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.

Adversity Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.

Books Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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The most I can do for my friend is simply to be his friend. I have no wealth to bestow on him. If he knows that I am happy in loving him, he will want no other reward. Is not friendship divine in this?

Cute Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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The most I can do for my friend is simply to be his friend. I have no wealth to bestow on him. If he knows that I am happy in loving him, he will want no other reward. Is not friendship divine in this?

Cute friendship Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavours to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws be expanded, and interpreted in his favour in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings. In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness. If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.

Direction Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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Direction is more important than speed. We are so busy looking at our speedometers that we forget the milestone.

Direction Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.

Distrust Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.

Enthusiasm Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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

Expectation Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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All good things are wild, and free.

Goodness Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison.

Government Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.

Graduation Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.

Heaven Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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This world is but a canvas to our imaginations.

Imagination Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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It is usually the imagination that is wounded first, rather than the heart; it being much more sensitive.

Imagination Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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