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Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)
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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
How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book.
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Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Reading, 1854

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