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Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it. Henry David Thoreau
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Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. Henry David Thoreau
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All misfortune is but a stepping stone to fortune. Henry David Thoreau
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The very thrills of genius are disorganizing. The body is never quite acclimated to its atmosphere, but how often, succumbs and goes into a decline. Henry David Thoreau
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Our sadness is not sad, but our cheap joys. Henry David Thoreau
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I find it wholesome to be alone the greater part of the time. To be in company, even with the best, is soon wearisome and dissipating. I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude. Henry David Thoreau
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Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined. Henry David Thoreau
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In their daily life, all are braver than they know. Henry David Thoreau
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Man wanted a home, a place for warmth, or comfort, first of physical warmth, then the warmth of the affections. Henry David Thoreau
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Time cannot bend the line which God has writ. Henry David Thoreau
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The imagination, give it the least license, dives deeper and soars higher than Nature goes. Henry David Thoreau
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Where there is a lull in truth an institution springs up. Henry David Thoreau
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As a man thinks of himself, so he is. Henry David Thoreau
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Write while the heat is in you. Henry David Thoreau
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When we consider what, to use the words of the catechism, is the chief end of man, and what are the true necessaries and means of life, it appears as if men had deliberately chosen the common mode of living because they preferred it to any other. Yet they honestly think there is no choice left. Henry David Thoreau
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Great God, I ask thee for no meaner pelf Than that I may not disappoint myself, That in my action I may soar as high As I can now discern with this clear eye. Henry David Thoreau
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The cart before the horse is neither beautiful nor useful. Henry David Thoreau
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Where there is a brave man, in the thickest of the fight, there is the post of honor. Henry David Thoreau
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Sobriety, severity, and self-respect are the foundations of all true sociality. Henry David Thoreau
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No way of thinking or doing, however ancient, can be trusted without proof. What everybody echoes or in silence passes by as true to-day may turn out to be falsehood to-morrow. Henry David Thoreau
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Invariably our best nights were those when it rained. Henry David Thoreau
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If a man believes and expects great things of himself, it makes no odds where you put him, or what you show him . . he will be surrounded by grandeur. Henry David Thoreau
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Give me the poverty that enjoys true wealth. Henry David Thoreau
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The lakes are something which you are unprepared for; they lie up so high, exposed to the light, and the forest is diminished to a fine fringe on their edges, with here and there a blue mountain, like amethyst jewels set around some jewel of the first water, - so anterior, so superior, to all the changes that are to take place on their shores, even now civil and refined, and fair as they can ever be. Henry David Thoreau
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A truly good book is something as natural, and as unexpectedly and unaccountably fair and perfect, as a wild-flower discovered on the prairies of the West or in the jungles of the East. Henry David Thoreau
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Our last deed, like the young of the land crab, wends its way to the sea of cause and effect as soon as born, and makes a drop there to eternity. Henry David Thoreau
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We must take root; send out some little fibre at least, even every winter day. Henry David Thoreau
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Do not seek so anxiously to be developed, to subject yourself to many influences to be played on; it is all dissipation. Humility like darkness reveals the heavenly lights. Henry David Thoreau
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Sweep away the clutter of things that complicate our lives. Henry David Thoreau
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Man cannot afford to be a naturalist, to look at Nature directly, but only with the side of his eye. He must look through and beyond her. Henry David Thoreau
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A man has not seen a thing who has not felt it. Henry David Thoreau
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I have met with but one or two persons in the course of my life who understood the art of Walking, that is, of taking walks - who had the genius, so to speak, for sauntering: which word is beautifully derived "from idle people who roved about the country, in the Middle Ages, and asked for charity, under the pretense of going a la Sainte Terre," to the Holy Land, till the children exclaimed, "There goes a Sainte-Terrer," a Saunterer, a Holy-Lander. Henry David Thoreau
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Our whole life is startlingly moral. There is never an instant's truce between virtue and vice. Henry David Thoreau
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I quietly declare war with the State, after my fashion, though I will still make use and get advantage of her as I can, as is usual in such cases. Henry David Thoreau
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As I love nature, as I love singing birds...I love thee, my friend. Henry David Thoreau
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He enjoys true leisure who has time to improve his soul's estate. Henry David Thoreau
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Society is commonly too cheap. We meet at very short intervals, not having had time to acquire any new value for each other. We meet at meals three times a day, and give each other a new taste of that old musty cheese that we are. Henry David Thoreau
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We waded so gently and reverently, or we pulled together so smoothly, that the fishes of thought were not scared from the stream, nor feared any angler on the bank, but came and went grandly, like the clouds which came and went on the western sky, and the mother-o'-pearl flocks which sometimes form and dissolve there. Henry David Thoreau
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Men are born to succeed, not to fail. Henry David Thoreau
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Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth. Henry David Thoreau
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I have learned, that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. Henry David Thoreau
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We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aid, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn. Henry David Thoreau
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In wildness is the preservation of the world. Henry David Thoreau
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What is once well done is done forever. Henry David Thoreau
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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
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Ignorance and bungling with love are better than wisdom and skill without. Henry David Thoreau
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The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer. Henry David Thoreau
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If you can speak what you will never hear, if you can write what you will never read, you have done rare things. Henry David Thoreau
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If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. Men will believe what they see. Henry David Thoreau
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Only that day dawns to which we are awake. Henry David Thoreau
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The language of friendship is not words but meanings. Henry David Thoreau
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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
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Hope and the future for me are not in lawns and cultivated fields, not in towns and cities, but in the impervious and quaking swamps. Henry David Thoreau
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The stars are the apexes of what triangles! Henry David Thoreau
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Those undeserved joys which come uncalled and make us more pleased than grateful are they that sing. Henry David Thoreau
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Those who work much do not work hard. Henry David Thoreau
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The pleasures of the intellect are permanent, the pleasures of the heart are transitory. Henry David Thoreau
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One cannot too soon forget his errors and misdemeanors. To dwell long upon them is to add to the offense. Henry David Thoreau
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What is the singing of birds, or any natural sound, compared with the voice of one we love. Henry David Thoreau
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Politics is the gizzard of society, full of grit and gravel, and the two political parties are its opposite halves - sometimes split into quarters - which grind on each other. Not only individuals but states have thus a confirmed dyspepsia. Henry David Thoreau
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Every man is the builder of a temple called his body. Henry David Thoreau
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Truth, Goodness, Beauty - those celestial thrins,Continually are born; e'en now the Universe,With thousand throats, and eke with greener smiles,Its joy confesses at their recent birth. Henry David Thoreau
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I have learned that even the smallest house can be a home. Henry David Thoreau
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See how he cowers and sneaks, how vaguely all the day he fears, not being immortal nor divine, but the slave and prisoner of his own opinion of himself, a fame won by his own deeds. Public opinion is a weak tyrant compared with our own private opinion. What a man thinks of himself, that it is which determines, or rather indicates, his fate. Henry David Thoreau
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All sound heard at the greatest possible distance produces one and the same effect, a vibration of the universal lyre, just as the intervening atmosphere makes a distant ridge of earth interesting to our eyes by the azure tint it imparts to it. Henry David Thoreau
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I am wont to think that men are not so much the keepers of herds as herds are the keepers of men. The former are so much the freer. Henry David Thoreau
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If a plant cannot live according to its nature, it dies; and so a man. Henry David Thoreau
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Some would find fault with the morning, if they ever got up early enough.. The fault find faults even in Paradise. Henry David Thoreau
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Drive a nail home and clinch it so faithfully that you can wake up in the night and think of your work with satisfaction - a work at which you would not be ashamed to invoke the muse. Henry David Thoreau
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He is the best sailor who can steer within the fewest points of the wind, and extract a motive power out of the greatest obstacles. Most begin to veer and tack as soon as the wind changes from aft, and as within the tropics it does not blow from all points of the compass, there are some harbors which they can never reach. Henry David Thoreau
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