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Henry David Thoreau Quotes

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Alas! how little does the memory of these human inhabitants enhance the beauty of the landscape!
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To have done anything just for money is to have been truly idle.
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The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.
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The language of excitement is at best picturesque merely. You must be calm before you can utter oracles.
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They can do without architecture who have no olives nor wines in the cellar.
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While civilization has been improving our houses, it has not equally improved the men who are to inhabit them. It has created palaces, but it was not so easy to create noblemen and kings.
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It is the greatest of all advantages to enjoy no advantage at all.
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It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?
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We know but a few men, a great many coats and breeches.
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Night is certainly more novel and less profane than day.
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In human intercourse the tragedy begins, not when there is misunderstanding about words, but when silence is not understood.
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If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
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Before printing was discovered, a century was equal to a thousand years.
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Goodness is the only investment that never fails.
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