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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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You must not know too much or be too precise or scientific about birds and trees and flowers and watercraft; a certain free-margin, and even vagueness - ignorance, credulity - helps your enjoyment of these things.

Nature Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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The bluebird carries the sky on his back.

Nature Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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I frequently tramped eight or ten miles through the deepest snow to keep an appointment with a beech-tree, or a yellow birch, or an old acquaintance among the pines.

Nature Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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Public opinion is a weak tyrant, compared with our private opinion--what a man thinks of himself, that is which determines, or rather indicates his fate.

Opinion Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.

Pleasure Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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Poverty ... It is life near the bone, where it is sweetest.

Poverty Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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The highest law gives a thing to him who can use it.

Property Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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It is an interesting question how far men would retain their relative rank if they were divested of their clothes.

Rank Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.

Religion / beliefs Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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What is called resignation is confirmed desperation.

Resignation Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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Light Winged 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-.

Reverie 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. With respect to luxuries and comforts, the wisest have even lived a more simple and meagre life than the poor. -Henry David Thoreau.

Simplicity Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity!

Simplicity Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?

Society Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success.

Success Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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We are always paid for our suspicion by finding what we suspect.

Suspicion Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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To him whose elastic and vigorous thought keeps pace with the sun, the day is a perpetual morning.

Thought Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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Associate reverently, as much as you can, with your loftiest thoughts.

Thought Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in.

Time Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.

Time Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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The man who goes out alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.

Travel Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in milk.

Miscellaneous Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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We are double-edged blades, and every time we whet our virtue the return stroke straps our vice.

Vice Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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That virtue we appreciate is as much ours as another's. We see so much only as we possess.

Virtue Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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I would give all the wealth of the world, and all the deeds of all the heroes, for one true vision.

Vision Quotes, by Henry David Thoreau

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