Henry David Thoreau

1817 - 1862

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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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on aim, good, and morality

Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on facts, laws, nature, and needs

If we knew all the laws of Nature, we should need only fact, or the description of one actual phenomenon, to infer all the particular results at that point.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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