Henry David Thoreau

1817 - 1862

A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on anxiety, concern, day, labor, and mind

The true husbandman will cease from anxiety, as the squirrels manifest no concern whether the woods will bear chestnuts this year or not, and finish his labor with every day, relinquishing all claim to the produce of his fields, and sacrificing in his mind not only his first but last fruits also.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

Source: Walden

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau

Reacting to the news that Maine and Texas had been connected by telegraph lines, The point at issue is not whether Maine and Texas may now talk to one another, but rather whether they have anything significant to say.

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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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on truth

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Where there is a lull in truth an institution springs up.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau

How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live!

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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

I have learned this at least by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavours to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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