Henry David Thoreau

1817 - 1862

A Quote by Henry David Thoreau

It is only necessary to behold the least fact or phenomenon,
however familiar, from a point a hair's breadth aside from
our habitual path of routine, to be overcome, enchanted by
its beauty and significance. To perceive freshly, with fresh
senses is to be inspired.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau

one cannot perceive beauty but with a serene mind.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on planet, environment, earth, henry david thoreau, ecology, and green

What is the use of a house, if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau

Happiness is like a butterfly: the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on philanthropy, evil, and source

There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on nature, serenity, and thoreau

"To him whom contemplates a trait of natural beauty, no harm nor despair can come.  The doctrines of despair, spiritual or political servitude, were never taught by those who shared the serenity of Nature.  For each phase of Nature, though not invisible, is yet not too distinct or obtrusive.  It is there to be found when we look for it, but not too demanding of our attention."

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on patriotism and citizen

"I am a citizen of the world first, and of this country at a later and more convenient hour."

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau

 

One afternoon, near the end of the first summer, when I went to the village to get a shoe from the cobbler's, I was seized and put into jail, because, as I have elsewhere related, I did not pay a tax to, or recognize the authority of, the state which buys and sells men, women, and children, like cattle at the door of its senate-house. I had gone down to the woods for other purposes. But wherever a man goes, men will pursue and paw him with their dirty institutions, and, if they can, constrain him to belong to their desperate odd-fellow society. It is true, I might have resisted forcibly with more or less effect, might have run "amok" against society; but I preferred that society should run "amok" against me, it being the desperate party. 

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau

 

What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau

 

The finest qualities of our nature, like the bloom on fruits, can be preserved only by the most delicate handling. Yet we do not treat ourselves nor one another thus tenderly.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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