Henry David Thoreau
Quotations


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

We seem but to linger in manhood to tell the dreams of our childhood, and they vanish out of memory ere we learn the language.

After all the field of battle possesses many advantages over the drawing-room. There at least is no room for pretension or excessive ceremony, no shaking of hands or rubbing of noses, which make one doubt your sincerity, but hearty as well as hard hand-play. It at least exhibits one of the faces of humanity, the former only a mask.

On the death of a friend, we should consider that the fates through confidence have devolved on us the task of a double living, that we have henceforth to fulfill the promise of our friend's life also, in our own, to the world.

We are all sculptors and painters, and our material is our own flesh and blood and bones.

How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book! The book exists for us, perchance, that will explain our miracles and reveal new ones.

If I seem to boast more than is becoming, my excuse is that I brag for humanity rather than for myself.

Pity the man who has a character to support--it is worse than a large family--he is silent poor indeed.



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