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Henry David Thoreau Quotes

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Friends... they cherish one another's hopes. They are kind to one another's dreams.
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All endeavor calls for the ability to tramp the last mile, shape the last plan, endure the last hours toil. The fight to the finish spirit is the one... characteristic we must posses if we are to face the future as finishers.
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There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.
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It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.
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Truths and roses have thorns about them.
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I am sorry to think that you do not get a man's most effective criticism until you provoke him. Severe truth is expressed with some bitterness.
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How many things there are concerning which we might well deliberate whether we had better know them.
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Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.
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Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed, and in such desperate enterprises? If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
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There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself.
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Our moments of inspiration are not lost though we have no particular poem to show for them; for those experiences have left an indelible impression, and we are ever and anon reminded of them.
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There is no more fatal blunderer than he who consumes the greater part of his life getting his living.
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What old people say you cannot do, you try and find that you can. Old deeds for old people, and new deeds for new.
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What is human warfare but just this; an effort to make the laws of God and nature take sides with one party.
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Simplify, simplify.
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Nothing goes by luck in composition. It allows of no tricks. The best you can write will be the best you are.
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Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.
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In the meanest are all the materials of manhood, only they are not rightly disposed.
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If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost. There is where they should be. Now put foundations under them.
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The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.
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Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.
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It is best to avoid the beginnings of evil.
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Faith keeps many doubts in her pay. If I could not doubt, I should not believe.
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We are always paid for our suspicion by finding what we suspect.
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Nature puts no question and answers none which we mortals ask. She has long ago taken her resolution.
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