Henry David Thoreau

1817 - 1862

A Quote by Henry David Thoreau

As if you could kill time without injuring eternity. 

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau

In any weather, at any hour of the day or night, I have been anxious to improve the nick of time, and notch it on my stick too; to stand on the meeting of two eternities, the past and future, which is precisely the present moment; to toe that line. 

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

Contributed by: William

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)

Contributed by: William

A Quote by Henry David Thoreau

To be awake is to be alive. I have never yet met a man who was quite awake. How could I have looked him in the face?

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on thoreau, strength, obstacles, humility, overcome, and ability

It is very rare that you meet with obstacles in this world, which the humblest man has not faculties to surmount.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

Source: A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on men, humanity, fall, back, get up, effort, talk, action, practice, life, sin, redemption, and throeau

Men will lie on their backs, talking about the fall of man, and never make an effort to get up.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

Source: Life Without Principle, http://thoreau.eserver.org/life1.html

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau

"i have three chairs"

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on liberty, slavery, and thinq4yourself

Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on morality and goodness

Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life. 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 flower, beauty, sweetness, courage, purity, strength, and smell

So behave that the odor of your actions may enhance the general sweetness of the atmosphere, that when we behold or scent a flower, we may not be reminded how inconsistent your deeds are with it; for all odor is but one form of advertisement of a moral quality, and if fair actions had not been performed, the lily would not smell sweet. The foul slime stands for the sloth and vice of man, the decay of humanity; the fragrant flower that springs from it, for the purity and courage which are immortal.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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