Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so.
– Henry David Thoreau
Live your life, do your work, then take your hat.
There is always a present and extant life, be it better or worse, which all combine to uphold.
Nature and human life are as various as our several constitutions. Who shall say what prospect life offers to another?
Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.
There are old heads in the world who cannot help me by their example or advice to live worthily and satisfactorily to myself; but I believe that it is in my power to elevate myself this very hour above the common level of my life.
If an injustice requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law. Let your life be a counter-friction to stop the government machine.
Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it.
There is no more fatal blunderer than he who consumes the greater part of his life getting his living.
Friends… they cherish one another’s hopes. They are kind to one another’s dreams.
To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.
A broad margin of leisure is as beautiful in a man’s life as in a book. Haste makes waste, no less in life than in housekeeping. Keep the time, observe the hours of the universe, not of the cars.
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.
I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.
The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend.
Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.
The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.
Those whom we can love, we can hate; to others we are indifferent.
Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.
True friendship can afford true knowledge. It does not depend on darkness and ignorance.
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.
There is no remedy for love but to love more.