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Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)
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How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.
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Henry David Thoreau
However mean your life is, meet it and live it: do not shun it and call it hard names. Cultivate poverty like a garden herb, like sage. Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends. Things do not change, we change. Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts. God will see that you do want society.
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I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestioned ability of a man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.
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I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment, while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance that I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn.
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I stand in awe of my body.
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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 a success unexpected in common hours.
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If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
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If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. But do not care to convince him. Men will believe what they see. Let them see.
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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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In what concerns you much, do not think that you have companions: know that you are alone in the world.
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In wildness is the preservation of the world.
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It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.
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It is as hard to see one's self as to look backwards without turning around.
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It is never too late to give up your prejudices.
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It is pleasant to have been to a place the way a river went.
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Live each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.
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Many go fishing without knowing it is fish they are after.
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Men are born to succeed, not fail.
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Men have become the tools of their tools.
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Most are engaged in business the greater part of their lives, because the soul abhors a vacuum and they have not discovered any continuous employment for man's nobler faculties.
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