Henry David Thoreau

1817 - 1862

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.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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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.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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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.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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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 disobedience, liberty, obedience, and slavery

Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on character, family, pity, silence, and support

Pity the man who has a character to support - it is worse than a large family - he is silent poor indeed.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on character, government, and people

The character inherent in the American people has done all that has been accomplished; and it would have done somewhat more, if the government had not sometimes got in its way.

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on money

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If you give money, spend yourself with it.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on children, experience, failure, laws, life, men, and play

Children, who play life, discern its true law and relations more clearly than men, who fail to live it worthily, but who think that they are wiser by experience, that is, by failure.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

Source: "Where I Lived, and What I Lived For," Walden, 96

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