Henry David Thoreau

1817 - 1862

A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on death, destruction, life, men, and understanding

Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on dreams, imagination, and life

I do not know how to distinguish between our waking life and a dream. Are we not always living the life that we imagine we are?

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau

Let nothing come between you and the light.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau

The bluebird carries the sky on his back.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on books and chance

Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them all.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on books, business, civilization, crime, history, life, literature, philosophy, poetry, science, silence, and thought

Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than this incessant business.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on architecture, beauty, country, ideas, necessity, and truth

True, there are architects so called in this country, and I have heard of one at least possessed with the idea of making architectural ornaments have a core of truth, a necessity, and hence a beauty, as if it were a revelation to him.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on action and behavior

Behave so the aroma of your actions may enhance the general sweetness of the atmosphere.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau

It is something to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so make a few objects beautiful. It is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on agreement, constitution, good, and satisfaction

As for doing good; that is one of the professions which is full. Moreover I have tried it fairly and, strange as it may seem, am satisfied that it does not agree with my constitution.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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