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Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)
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Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.
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Henry David Thoreau, "Walden", 1854
The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.
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Henry David Thoreau, "Walden", 1854
It is never too late to give up our prejudices.
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Henry David Thoreau, 'Economy,' Walden, 1854
But government in which the majority rule in all cases can not be based on justice, even as far as men understand it.
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Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience
Under a government which imprisons unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison.
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Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience, 1849
He enjoys true leisure who has time to improve his soul's estate.
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Henry David Thoreau, Journal, February 11, 1840
Man is the artificer of his own happiness.
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Henry David Thoreau, Journal, January 21, 1838
There is no remedy for love but to love more.
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Henry David Thoreau, Journal, July 25, 1839
Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes.
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Henry David Thoreau, Walden
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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Henry David Thoreau, Walden
When we are unhurried and wise, we perceive that only great and worthy things have any permanent and absolute existence, that petty fears and petty pleasures are but the shadow of the reality.
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Henry David Thoreau, Walden
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
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Henry David Thoreau, Walden (1854)
Things do not change; we change.
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Henry David Thoreau, Walden (1970)
Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.
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Henry David Thoreau, Walden, 1854
I say beware of all enterprises that require new clothes, and not rather a new wearer of clothes.
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Henry David Thoreau, Walden, 1854
It is an interesting question how far men would retain their relative rank if they were divested of their clothes.
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Henry David Thoreau, Walden, 1854
The finest qualities of our nature, like the bloom on fruits, can be preserved only by the most delicate handling. Yet we do not treat ourselves nor one another thus tenderly.
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Henry David Thoreau, Walden, Chapter 1: Economy
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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Henry David Thoreau, Walden, Conclusion, 1854
Our houses are such unwieldy property that we are often imprisoned rather than housed in them.
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Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Economy, 1854
Goodness is the only investment that never fails.
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Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Higher Laws, 1854
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