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Henry David Thoreau Quotes

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One must maintain a little bittle of summer, even in the middle of winter.
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In wilderness is the preservation of the world.
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The smallest seed of faith is better than the largest fruit of happiness.
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I have always been regretting that I was not as wise as the day I was born.
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Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.
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How can any man be weak who dares to be at all?
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This world is but a canvas to our imagination.
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You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.
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Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.
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As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.
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What is once well done is done forever.
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Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes.
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We should distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.
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I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.
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Every man casts a shadow; not his body only, but his imperfectly mingled spirit. This is his grief. Let him turn which way he will, it falls opposite to the sun; short at noon, long at eve. Did you never see it?
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The savage in man is never quite eradicated.
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Do not worry if you have built your castles in the air. They are where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
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To be admitted to Nature's hearth costs nothing. None is excluded, but excludes himself. You have only to push aside the curtain.
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Front yards are not made to walk in, but, at most, through, and you could go in the back way.
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No face which we can give to a matter will stead us so well at last as the truth. This alone wears well.
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It appears to be a law that you cannot have a deep sympathy with both man and nature.
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Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison.
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The bluebird carries the sky on his back.
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I say beware of all enterprises that require new clothes, and not rather a new wearer of clothes.
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There are moments when all anxiety and stated toil are becalmed in the infinite leisure and repose of nature.
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