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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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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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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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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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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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