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Henry David Thoreau Quotes: "Live your life, do your work, then take your hat."

Live your life, do your work, then take your hat.




Henry David Thoreau Quotes: "He is the best sailor who can steer within fewest points of the wind and exact a motive power out of the greatest obstacles."

He is the best sailor who can steer within fewest points of the wind and exact a motive power out of the greatest obstacles.



Henry David Thoreau Quotes: "A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone."

A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone.



Henry David Thoreau Quotes: "Age is no better, hardly so well, qualified for an instructor as youth, for it has not profited so much as it has lost."

Age is no better, hardly so well, qualified for an instructor as youth, for it has not profited so much as it has lost.




Henry David Thoreau Quotes: "Things do not change we change."

Things do not change we change.



Henry David Thoreau Quotes: "Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself."

Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself.



Henry David Thoreau Quotes: "If we would aim at perfection in any thing, simplicity must not be overlooked."

If we would aim at perfection in any thing, simplicity must not be overlooked.




Henry David Thoreau Quotes: "The fate of the country... does not depend on what kind of paper you drop into the ballot-box once a year, but on what kind of man you drop from your chamber into the street every morning."

The fate of the country... does not depend on what kind of paper you drop into the ballot-box once a year, but on what kind of man you drop from your chamber into the street every morning.



Henry David Thoreau Quotes: "It is better to have your head in the clouds, and know where you are... than to breathe the clearer atmosphere below them, and think that you are in paradise."

It is better to have your head in the clouds, and know where you are... than to breathe the clearer atmosphere below them, and think that you are in paradise.



Henry David Thoreau Quotes: "To know that we know what we know and that we do not know what we do not know that is true knowledge."

To know that we know what we know and that we do not know what we do not know that is true knowledge.



Henry David Thoreau Quotes: "To have done anything just for money is to have been truly idle."

To have done anything just for money is to have been truly idle.



Henry David Thoreau Quotes: "One cannot too soon forget his errors and misdemeanors."

One cannot too soon forget his errors and misdemeanors.




Henry David Thoreau Quotes: "All men want, not something to do with, but something to do, or rather something to be."

All men want, not something to do with, but something to do, or rather something to be.



Henry David Thoreau Quotes: "Under a government which imprisons any unjustly the true place for a just man is also a prison."

Under a government which imprisons any unjustly the true place for a just man is also a prison.



Henry David Thoreau Quotes: "If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life."

If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life.



Henry David Thoreau Quotes: "Money is not required to buy one necessity of the soul."

Money is not required to buy one necessity of the soul.



Henry David Thoreau Quotes: "I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude."

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



Henry David Thoreau Quotes: "True friendship can afford true knowledge. It does not depend on darkness and ignorance."

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



Henry David Thoreau Quotes: "How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book."

How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book.



Henry David Thoreau Quotes: "Not only must we be good, but we must also be good for something."

Not only must we be good, but we must also be good for something.



Henry David Thoreau Quotes: "Man is the artificer of his own happiness."

Man is the artificer of his own happiness.



Henry David Thoreau Quotes: "The youth gets together this material to build a bridge to the moon or perchance a palace or temple on earth and at length the middle-aged man concludes to build a woodshed with them."

The youth gets together this material to build a bridge to the moon or perchance a palace or temple on earth and at length the middle-aged man concludes to build a woodshed with them.



Henry David Thoreau Quotes: "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."

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.



Henry David Thoreau Quotes: "that he live in all respects so compactly and preparedly that, if an enemy take the town, he can, like the old philosopher, walk out the gate empty-handed without anxiety."

that he live in all respects so compactly and preparedly that, if an enemy take the town, he can, like the old philosopher, walk out the gate empty-handed without anxiety.



Henry David Thoreau Quotes: "What is human warfare but just this an effort to make the laws of God and nature take sides with one party."

What is human warfare but just this an effort to make the laws of God and nature take sides with one party.



Henry David Thoreau Quotes: "There is danger that we lose sight of what our friend is absolutely, while considering what she is to us alone."

There is danger that we lose sight of what our friend is absolutely, while considering what she is to us alone.



Henry David Thoreau Quotes: "It is not worth the while to let our imperfections disturb us always."

It is not worth the while to let our imperfections disturb us always.



Henry David Thoreau Quotes: "The eye is the jewel of the body."

The eye is the jewel of the body.



Henry David Thoreau Quotes: "Water is the only drink for a wise man."

Water is the only drink for a wise man.



Henry David Thoreau Quotes: "We now no longer camp as for a night, but have settled down on earth and forgotten heaven"

We now no longer camp as for a night, but have settled down on earth and forgotten heaven



Henry David Thoreau Quotes: "The silence rings—it is musical & thrills me. A night in which the silence was audible—I hear the unspeakable."

The silence rings—it is musical & thrills me. A night in which the silence was audible—I hear the unspeakable.



Henry David Thoreau Quotes: "The man I meet with is not often so instructive as the silence he breaks."

The man I meet with is not often so instructive as the silence he breaks.



Henry David Thoreau Quotes: "It is remarkable how closely the history of the apple tree is connected with that of man."

It is remarkable how closely the history of the apple tree is connected with that of man.



Henry David Thoreau Quotes: "Must the citizen ever for a moment, or in the least degree, resigns his conscience to the legislator? Why has every man a conscience then? I think that we should be men first, and subjects afterward."

Must the citizen ever for a moment, or in the least degree, resigns his conscience to the legislator? Why has every man a conscience then? I think that we should be men first, and subjects afterward.



Henry David Thoreau Quotes: "No doubt you can get more in your market for a quart of milk than for a quart of blood, but that is not the market that heroes carry their blood to."

No doubt you can get more in your market for a quart of milk than for a quart of blood, but that is not the market that heroes carry their blood to.



Henry David Thoreau Quotes: "The light which puts out our eyes is darkness to us. Only that day dawns to which we are awake. There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star."

The light which puts out our eyes is darkness to us. Only that day dawns to which we are awake. There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star.



Henry David Thoreau Quotes: "Silence is the communing of a conscious soul with itself."

Silence is the communing of a conscious soul with itself.



Henry David Thoreau Quotes: "What recommends commerce to me is its enterprise and bravery. It does not clasp its hands and pray to Jupiter."

What recommends commerce to me is its enterprise and bravery. It does not clasp its hands and pray to Jupiter.



Henry David Thoreau Quotes: "That man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest."

That man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.



Henry David Thoreau Quotes: "Friends will not only live in harmony but in melody."

Friends will not only live in harmony but in melody.



Henry David Thoreau Quotes: "What is most of our boasted so-called knowledge but a conceit that we know something, which robs us of the advantage of our actual ignorance?"

What is most of our boasted so-called knowledge but a conceit that we know something, which robs us of the advantage of our actual ignorance?



Henry David Thoreau Quotes: "Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?"

Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?



Henry David Thoreau Quotes: "A man thinking or working will always be alone, let him be where he will."

A man thinking or working will always be alone, let him be where he will.



Henry David Thoreau 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."

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.



Henry David Thoreau Quotes: "Misfortunes occur only when a man is false.... Events circumstances etc. have their origin in ourselves. They spring from seeds which we have sown."

Misfortunes occur only when a man is false.... Events circumstances etc. have their origin in ourselves. They spring from seeds which we have sown.



Henry David Thoreau Quotes: "A government which deliberately enacts injustice, and persists in it, will at length ever become the laughing-stock of the world."

A government which deliberately enacts injustice, and persists in it, will at length ever become the laughing-stock of the world.



Henry David Thoreau Quotes: "Faith keeps many doubts in her pay. If I could not doubt, I should not believe."

Faith keeps many doubts in her pay. If I could not doubt, I should not believe.



Henry David Thoreau Quotes: "It is remarkable how long men will believe in the bottomlessness of a pond without taking the trouble to sound it."

It is remarkable how long men will believe in the bottomlessness of a pond without taking the trouble to sound it.



Henry David Thoreau Quotes: "Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind."

Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.