Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862) was an American essayist, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, and historian. A leading transcendentalist, Thoreau is best known for his book Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, and his essay "Civil Disobedience", an argument for disobedience to an unjust state. 

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Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance, they make the latitudes and longitudes.

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

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

Goodness is the only investment that never fails.

It is usually the imagination that is wounded first rather than the heart, it being much more sensitive.

As you simplify your life the laws of the universe will be simpler, solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.

Those whom we can love we can hate, to others we are indifferent.

The light which puts out our eyes is darkness to us. Only that day dawns to which we are awake. There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star.

All men are children and of one family. The same tale sends them all to bed and wakes them in the morning.

'Tis healthy to be sick sometimes.

Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.

If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.

Do what you love. Know your own bone, gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it and gnaw it still.

I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.

As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind.

Do not worry if you have built your castles in the air. They are where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.

The finest workers in stone are not copper or steel tools, but the gentle touches of air and water working at their leisure with a liberal allowance of time.

Make the most of your regrets, never smother your sorrow, but tend and cherish it till it comes to have a separate and integral interest. To regret deeply is to live afresh.

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

When I hear music I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times and to the latest.

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