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Henry David Thoreau Quotes


396 Henry David Thoreau quotes:



"The rich man is always sold to the institution which makes him rich. Absolutely speaking, the more money, the less virtue."
Author: Thoreau Quotes Category: Riches Quotes
"A man sits as many risks as he runs."
Author: Thoreau Quotes Category: Risk Quotes
"Absolutely speaking, do unto others as you would that they should do unto you is by no means a golden rule, but the best of current silver. An honest man would have but little occasion for it. It is golden not to have any rule at all in such a case."
Author: Thoreau Quotes Category: Rules Quotes
"Many men go fishing their entire lives without knowing it is not fish they are after."
Author: Thoreau Quotes Category: Purpose Quotes
"The law will never make men free, it is men that have to make the law free."
"True friendship can afford true knowledge. It does not depend on darkness and ignorance."
"Friends will be much apart. They will respect more each other's privacy than their communion."
"The language of friendship is not words but meanings."
"The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend."
"Time is but the stream I go fishing in. I drink at it, but while I drink I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is. It's thin current slides away, but eternity remains."
Author: Thoreau Quotes Category: Time And Time Management Quotes Fishing Quotes
"I have found it to be the most serious objection to coarse labors long continued, that they compelled me to eat and drink coarsely also."
Author: Thoreau Quotes Category: Food Quotes
"One farmer says to me, ''You cannot live on vegetable food solely, for it furnishes nothing to make bones with;'' and so he religiously devotes a part of his day to supplying his system with the raw material of bones; walking all the while he talks behind his oxen, which, with vegetable-made bones, jerk him and his lumbering plow along in spite of every obstacle."
Author: Thoreau Quotes Category: Food Quotes Vegetarianism Quotes
"When I read some of the rules for speaking and writing the English language correctly, I think any fool can make a rule, and every fool will mind it."
"This world is but a canvas to our imaginations."
"'Tis healthy to be sick sometimes."
"Be true to your work, your word, and your friend."
Author: Thoreau Quotes Category: Honesty Quotes
"Write while the heat is in you. The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron which has cooled to burn a hole with. He cannot inflame the minds of his audience."
"Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life. So aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something."
"It is not a man's duty, as a matter of course, to devote himself to the eradication of any, even the most enormous wrong; he may still properly have other concerns to engage him; but it is his duty, at least, to wash his hands of it, and, if he gives it no thought longer, not to give it practically his support. If I devote myself to other pursuits and contemplations, I must first see, at least, that I do not pursue them sitting upon another man's shoulders."
Author: Thoreau Quotes Category: Integrity Quotes
"We perceive and are affected by changes too subtle to be described."
Author: Thoreau Quotes Category: Influence Quotes



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