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Henry David Thoreau Quotes

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Our houses are such unwieldy property that we are often imprisoned rather than housed by them.
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There is danger that we lose sight of what our friend is absolutely, while considering what she is to us alone.
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Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.
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I have learned, that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
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Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.
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Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?
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Books are to be distinguished by the grandeur of their topics even more than by the manner in which they are treated.
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If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours.
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If a man loses pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music in which he hears, however measured, or far away.
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If a man constantly aspires is he not elevated?
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It is not part of a true culture to tame tigers, any more than it is to make sheep ferocious.
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Old deeds for old people, and new deeds for new.
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I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than this incessant business.
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We are not what we are, nor do we treat or esteem each other for such, but for what we are capable of being.
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Instead of noblemen, let us have noble villages of men.
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The perception of beauty is a moral test.
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Men have a respect for scholarship and learning greatly out of proportion to the use they commonly serve.
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Make the most of your regrets; never smother your sorrow, but tend and cherish it till it comes to have a separate and integral interest. To regret deeply is to live afresh.
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Being is the great explainer.
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What you get by achieving your goals is to as important as what you become by achieving your goals.
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It is usually the imagination that is wounded first, rather than the heart; it being much more sensitive.
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What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.
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All this worldly wisdom was once the unamiable heresy of some wise man.
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To a philosopher all news, as it is called, is gossip, and they who edit and read it are old women over their tea.
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The light which puts out our eyes is darkness to us. Only that day dawns to which we are awake. There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star.
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