Henry David Thoreau

1817 - 1862

A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on conformity and life

As to conforming outwardly, and living your own life inwardly, I have not a very high opinion of that course.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on life

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The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on respect

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We live thick and are in each other's way, and stumble over one another, and I think we thus lose some respect for one another.

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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.

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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 experience

The civilized man is a more experienced and wiser savage.

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on clarity, effort, justice, laws, life, and obedience

Sometimes we are clarified and calmed healthily, as we never were before in our lives, not by an opiate, but by some unconscious obedience to the all-just laws, so that we become like a still lake of purest crystal and without an effort our depths are revealed to ourselves. . . .

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on labor and seriousness

I have found it to be the most serious objection to coarse labors long continued, that they compelled me to eat and drink coarsely also.

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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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