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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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Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.

Advice / experience / wisdom Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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

Advice / experience / wisdom Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend.

Friendship Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them all.

Books and reading Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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Things do not change, we do.

Change Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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If you give money, spend yourself with it.

Charity Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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Any fool can make a rule, and every fool will mind it.

Conformity Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.

Conformity 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.

Despair Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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Faith keeps many doubts in her pay. If I could not doubt, I should not believe.

Doubt Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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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.

Dream Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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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.

Dream Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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I say, beware of all enterprises that require new clothes, and not rather a wearer of new clothes.

Dress Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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It's not enough to be busy. The question is: What are we busy about?

Effort Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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The smallest seed of faith is better than the largest fruit of happiness.

Faith Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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LightWinged Smoke Lightwinged Smoke, Icarian bird, Melting thy pinions in thy upward flight, Lark without song, and the messenger of dawn, Circling above the hamlets as thy nest; Or else, departing dream, and shadowy form Of midnight vision, gathering up thy skirts; By night star-veiling, and by day Darkening the light and blotting out the sun; Go thou my incense upward from this hearth, And ask the gods to pardon this clear flame. -Henry David Thoreau-.

Grace Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.

Imagination Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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It is only when we forget out learning that we begin to know.

Learning Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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I have received no more than one or two letters in my life that were worth the postage.

Letters Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer. -Henry David Thoreau.

Listening 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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Men have become tools of their tools.

Machine Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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Any man more right than his neighbors, constitutes a majority of one.

Majority Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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Money is not required to buy one necessity of the soul.

Money Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it.

Nature Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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