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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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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 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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To know that we know what we know, and that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge.

Knowledge Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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The law will never make men free, it is men that have to make the law free.

Law and lawyers 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 not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind

Luxury Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?

Miracles Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.

Motivation Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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I have heard of a dog that barked at every stranger who approached his master's premises with clothes on, but was easily quieted by a naked thief

Pets Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing it is not fish they are after.

Purpose Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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There is no remedy for love but to love more.

Remedies Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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Life's a game, all you have to do, is know how to play it.

Rules Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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

Speech Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land, there is no other life but this.

The present Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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All good things are wild, and free.

Wilderness Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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