Henry David Thoreau and Marriage

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Men go back to the mountains, as they go back to sailing ships at sea, because in the mountains and on the sea they must face up.

Henry David Thoreau

Do not worry if you have built your castles in the air. They are where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.

Henry David Thoreau

The volatile truth of our words should continually betray the inadequacy of the residual statement.

Henry David Thoreau

Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of the arts.

Henry David Thoreau

Philanthropy is almost the only virtue which is sufficiently appreciated by mankind.

Henry David Thoreau

The frontiers are not east or west, north or south, but wherever a man fronts a fact.

Henry David Thoreau

A wise man will not leave the right to the mercy of chance, nor wish it to prevail through the power of the majority. There is but little virtue in the action of masses of men.

Henry David Thoreau

The kindness I have longest remembered has been of this sort, the sort unsaid; so far behind the speaker's lips that almost it already lay in my heart. It did not have far to go to be communicated.

Henry David Thoreau

Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in.

Henry David Thoreau

The pleasure we feel in music springs from the obedience which is in it.

Henry David Thoreau

Do not lose hold of your dreams or aspirations. For if you do, you may still exist but you have ceased to live.

Henry David Thoreau

In the long run you only hit what you aim at. Therefore, though you should fail immediately, you had better aim at something high.

Henry David Thoreau

Superfluous wealth can buy superfluities only. Money is not required to buy one necessity of the soul.

Henry David Thoreau

It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look, which morally we can do. To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.

Henry David Thoreau

There are now-a-days professors of philosophy but not philosophers

Henry David Thoreau

Men have become the tools of their tools.

Henry David Thoreau

Public opinion is a weak tyrant compared with our own private opinion. What a man thinks of himself, that is which determines, or rather indicates, his fate.

Henry David Thoreau

To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but to so love wisdom as to live according to its dictates a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity and trust.

Henry David Thoreau
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