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How can any man be weak who dares to be at all?
– Henry David Thoreau
Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends… Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts.
Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.
While civilization has been improving our houses, it has not equally improved the men who are to inhabit them. It has created palaces, but it was not so easy to create noblemen and kings.
When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.
It is usually the imagination that is wounded first, rather than the heart; it being much more sensitive.
It is never too late to give up our prejudices.
A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.
If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.
I often visited a particular plant four or five miles distant, half a dozen times within a fortnight, that I might know exactly when it opened.
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.
How could youths better learn to live than by at once trying the experiment of living?
Every people have gods to suit their circumstances.
It is only when we forget all our learning that we begin to know.
There is no rule more invariable than that we are paid for our suspicions by finding what we suspect.
Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison.
After the first blush of sin comes its indifference.
We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success.
The savage in man is never quite eradicated.
Only he is successful in his business who makes that pursuit which affords him the highest pleasure sustain him.
No face which we can give to a matter will stead us so well at last as the truth. This alone wears well.
I have found that hollow, which even I had relied on for solid.
Dreams are the touchstones of our character.
Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.
As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.
We know but a few men, a great many coats and breeches.
I cannot read a single word of the Hindoos without being elevated.
If misery loves company, misery has company enough.
We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aid, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn.