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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.

Generations Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.

Generations Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.

Goals Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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

Haste Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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Music is perpetual, and only the hearing is intermittent.

Hearing Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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What right have I to grieve, who have not ceased to wonder?

Heartbreak Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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Humility like darkness reveals the heavenly lights.

Heaven Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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The world is but a canvas to our imagination.

Imagination Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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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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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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