Henry David Thoreau

1817 - 1862

A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on heaven, justice, and weather

To watch this crystal globe just sent from heaven to associate with me. While these clouds and this somber drizzling weather shut all in, we two draw nearer and know one another.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on disease

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Decay and disease are often beautiful, like the pearly tear of the shellfish and the hectic glow of consumption.

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on change, life, and possibility

So thouroughly and sincerely are we compelled to reverencing our lives and denying the possibility of change. 'This is the only way' we say, but there are so many ways, as there can be drawn radii from the center.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on despair, force, life, and obstacles

Do not despair of your life. You have force enough to overcome your obstacles.

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on companions and music

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

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on errors and virtue

The broadest and most prevalent error requires the most disinterested virtue to sustain it.

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on books, college, pleasure, profit, and study

Many college text-books, which were a weariness and stumbling-block when I studied, I have since read a little with pleasure and profit.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

Source: 19 February 1854, Journal VI: 130

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on friendship, language, meaning, and words

The language of friendship is not words but meanings.

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on companions, loneliness, love, men, solitude, and thinking

I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude. We are for the most part more lonely when we go abroad among men than when we stay in our chambers. A man thinking or working is always alone, let him be where he will.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

Source: Walden(1854),V, Solitude

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on company

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I have a great deal of company in the house, especially in the morning when nobody calls.

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