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177 Famous Quotes by Henry David Thoreau
7/12/1817 - 5/6/1862
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After the first blush of sin comes its indifference.

Indifference Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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One may discover a new side to his most intimate friend when for the first time he hears him speak in public. He will be stranger to him as he is more familiar to the audience. The longest intimacy could not foretell how he would behave then.

Intimacy Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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The laboring man has not leisure for a true integrity day by day.

Labor Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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He enjoys true leisure who has time to improve his soul's estate.

Leisure Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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The really efficient laborer will be found not to crowd his day with work, but will saunter to his task surrounded by a wide halo of ease and leisure.

Leisure Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.

Liberty 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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All change is a miracle to contemplate; but it is a miracle which is taking place every second.

Miracles Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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If misery loves company, misery has company enough.

Misery Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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The only wealth is life.

Money Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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If words were invented to conceal thought, newspapers are a great improvement of a bad invention.

Newspapers Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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In the long run, we only hit what we aim at.

Opportunity Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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The words which express our faith and piety are not definite; yet they are significant and fragrant like frankincense to superior natures.

Piety Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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Pity the man who has a character to support -- it is worse than a large family -- he is silent poor indeed.

Pity Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation . . . . A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind.

Resignation Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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After the first blush of sin comes its indifference.

Sin Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind.

Unconscious Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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The universe seems bankrupt as soon as we begin to discuss the characters of individuals.

Universe Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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I have no doubt that it is a part of the destiny of the human race, in its gradual improvement, to leave off eating animals, as surely as the savage tribes have left off eating each other when they came in contact with the more civilized.

Vegetarianism Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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All voting is a sort of gaming, like checkers or backgammon, with a slight moral tinge to it, a playing with right and wrong.

Voting Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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Through want of enterprise and faith men are where they are, buying and selling and spending their lives like servants.

Buying Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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I do not know how to distinguish between our waking life and a dream. Are we not always living the life that we imagine we are?

Waking Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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Haste makes waste, no less in life than in housekeeping.

Waste Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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Superfluous wealth can buy superfluities only. Money is not required to buy one necessary of the soul.

Wealth Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.

Wealth Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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