Henry David Thoreau

1817 - 1862

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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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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