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Henry David Thoreau Quotes

Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862) was an American author, naturalist and philosopher.

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Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.


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The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.


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The language of friendship is not words but meanings.


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This world is but a canvas to our imagination.


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Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.


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As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.


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If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.


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Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.


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Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it.


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The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend.


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True friendship can afford true knowledge. It does not depend on darkness and ignorance.


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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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It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.


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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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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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As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.


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I never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude.


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What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.


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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 the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law.


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There is one consolation in being sick; and that is the possibility that you may recover to a better state than you were ever in before.


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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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Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.


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Things do not change; we change.


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Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.

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