Henry David Thoreau

1817 - 1862

A Quote by Henry David Thoreau

Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on perspective

It's not what you're looking at that matters, it's what you see.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on life and deliberately

I went into the woods because I wanted to live deliberately. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to put to rout all that was not life; and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau

Men think that it is essential that the Nation have commerce, and export ice, and talk through a telegraph, and ride thirty miles an hour, without a doubt, whether they do or not; but whether we should live like baboons or like men, is a little uncertain. If we do not get out sleepers(railroad ties), and forge rails, and devote days and nights to the work, but go to tinkering upon our lives to improve them, who will build railroads? And if railroads are not built, how shall we get to heaven in season? But if we stay at home and mind our business, who will want railroads? We do not ride on the railroad; it rides upon us. Did you ever think what those sleepers are that underlie the railroad? Each one is a man, an Irishman, or a Yankee man. The rails are laid on them, and they are covered with sand, and the cars run smoothly over them. They are sound sleepers, I assure you. And every few years a new lot is laid down and run over; so that, if some have the pleasure of riding on a rail, others have the misfortune to be ridden upon. And when they run over a man that is walking in his sleep, a supernumerary sleeper in the wrong position, and wake him up, they suddenly stop the cars, and make a hue and cry about it, as if this were an exception. I am glad to know that it takes a gang of men for every five miles to keep the sleepers down and level in their beds as it is, for this is a sign that they may sometime get up again.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

Source: Walden

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on humble, faithful, ambition, and aspiration

Be resolutely and faithfully what you are; be humbly what you aspire to be.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on wrong, doing right, do right, convince, believe, and belief

If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. But do not care to convince him. Men will believe what they see. Let them see.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on values and life

It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau

Public opinion is a weak tyrant compared with our own private opinion.
What a man thinks of himself, that is which determines, or rather
indicates, his fate.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

Source: Walden

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau

I see young men, my townsmen, whose misfortune it is to have
inherited farms, houses, barns, cattle, and farming tools; for these
are more easily acquired than got rid of.  Better if they had been
born in the open pasture and suckled by a wolf, that they might have
seen with clearer eyes what field they were called to labor in.  Who
made them serfs of the soil?  Why should they eat their sixty acres,
when man is condemned to eat only his peck of dirt?  Why should they
begin digging their graves as soon as they are born?

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

Source: Walden and Civil Disobedience (150th Anniversary), Pages: 2

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on soul, light, science, and thoreau

With all your science can you tell how it is,
and whence it is, that light comes into the soul?

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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