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Henry David Thoreau Quotes

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The language of friendship is not words but meanings.
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Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.
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If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life.
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Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.
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There is but one stage for the peasant and the actor.
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Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.
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Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.
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There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees, for instance.
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I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.
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We shall see but a little way if we require to understand what we see.
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It is an interesting question how far men would retain their relative rank if they were divested of their clothes.
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I have thought there was some advantage even in death, by which we mingle with the herd of common men.
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The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.
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Through our own recovered innocence we discern the innocence of our neighbors.
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Books can only reveal us to ourselves, and as often as they do us this service we lay them aside.
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If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law.
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Great men, unknown to their generation, have their fame among the great who have preceded them, and all true worldly fame subsides from their high estimate beyond the stars.
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Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.
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Justice is sweet and musical; but injustice is harsh and discordant.
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When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.
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If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.
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Thaw with her gentle persuasion is more powerful than Thor with his hammer. The one melts, the other breaks into pieces.
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Only he is successful in his business who makes that pursuit which affords him the highest pleasure sustain him.
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Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it.
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If it is surely the means to the highest end we know, can any work be humble or disgusting? Will it not rather be elevating as a ladder, the means by which we are translated?
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