Henry David Thoreau

1817 - 1862

A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on circumstances

Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk.

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.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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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. . . .

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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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.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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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.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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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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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on disappointment and quiet

If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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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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