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Henry David Thoreau Quotes

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Every people have gods to suit their circumstances.
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After the first blush of sin comes its indifference.
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Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.
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Truth is always in harmony with herself, and is not concerned chiefly to reveal the justice that may consist with wrong-doing.
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Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends... Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts.
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If misery loves company, misery has company enough.
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God reigns when we take a liberal view, when a liberal view is presented to us.
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As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.
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Nay, be a Columbus to whole new continents and worlds within you, opening new channels, not of trade, but of thought.
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Do what you love. Know your own bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw it still.
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If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. Men will believe what they see.
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Beware of all enterprises that require a new set of clothes.
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Be not simply good - be good for something.
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The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.
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As for doing good; that is one of the professions which is full. Moreover I have tried it fairly and, strange as it may seem, am satisfied that it does not agree with my constitution.
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It is better to have your head in the clouds, and know where you are... than to breathe the clearer atmosphere below them, and think that you are in paradise.
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We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aid, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn.
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Dreams are the touchstones of our character.
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A broad margin of leisure is as beautiful in a man's life as in a book. Haste makes waste, no less in life than in housekeeping. Keep the time, observe the hours of the universe, not of the cars.
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Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.
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How does it become a man to behave towards the American government today? I answer, that he cannot without disgrace be associated with it.
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Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.
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Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.
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Our life is frittered away by detail... simplify, simplify.
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There is no just and serene criticism as yet.
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