Henry David Thoreau

1817 - 1862

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.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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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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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on companions, music, and path

Each entered the forest at a point he, himself, had chosen, where it was darkest and there was no path. If a man does not keep pace with his companions perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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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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