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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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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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Dreams are the touchstones of our character.

Advice / experience / wisdom Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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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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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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Men have become tools of their tools.

Machine Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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