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Henry David Thoreau Quotes

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There is more of good nature than of good sense at the bottom of most marriages.
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It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right.
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Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.
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Do what nobody else can do for you. Omit to do anything else.
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I did not wish to take a cabin passage, but rather to go before the mast and on the deck of the world, for there I could best see the moonlight amid the mountains. I do not wish to go below now.
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'Tis healthy to be sick sometimes.
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If you can speak what you will never hear, if you can write what you will never read, you have done rare things.
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Generally speaking, a howling wilderness does not howl: it is the imagination of the traveler that does the howling.
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We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success.
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Is the babe young? When I behold it, it seems more venerable than the oldest man.
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I have been as sincere a worshipper of Aurora as the Greeks.
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I have a great deal of company in the house, especially in the morning when nobody calls.
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The man who is dissatisfied with himself, what can he do?
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Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.
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It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
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It is what a man thinks of himself that really determines his fate.
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Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end.
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What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?
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Only that day dawns to which we are awake.
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There are old heads in the world who cannot help me by their example or advice to live worthily and satisfactorily to myself; but I believe that it is in my power to elevate myself this very hour above the common level of my life.
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I have seen how the foundations of the world are laid, and I have not the least doubt that it will stand a good while.
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The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend.
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Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in.
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If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.
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Live the life you've dreamed.
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