"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have
"Great men, unknown to their generation, have their fame among the great
who have preceded them, and all true worldly fame subsides from their high
estimate beyond the stars."
"Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads."
"How can any man be weak who dares to be at all?"
"How could youths better learn to live than by at once trying the experiment
"How does it become a man to behave towards the American government
today? I answer, that he cannot without disgrace be associated with it."
"How many things there are concerning which we might well deliberate
whether we had better know them."
"How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live."
"I am sorry to think that you do not get a man's most effective criticism
until you provoke him. Severe truth is expressed with some bitterness."
"I did not wish to take a cabin passage, but rather to go before the
mast and on the deck of the world, for there I could best see the moonlight
amid the mountains. I do not wish to go below now."
"I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship,
three for society."
"I have always been regretting that I was not as wise as the day I was
"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors
to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected
in common hours."
"If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in
"If you can speak what you will never hear, if you can write what you
will never read, you have done rare things."
"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that
is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them."
"If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. Men will
believe what they see."
"Ignorance and bungling with love are better than wisdom and skill without."
"In human intercourse the tragedy begins, not when there is misunderstanding
about words, but when silence is not understood."
"In the long run, men hit only what they aim at. Therefore, they had
better aim at something high."
"Is the babe young? When I behold it, it seems more venerable than the
"It appears to be a law that you cannot have a deep sympathy with both
man and nature."
"It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things."
"Only he is successful in his business who makes that pursuit which
affords him the highest pleasure sustain him."
"Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention
from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end."
"Our life is frittered away by detail... simplify, simplify."
"Our moments of inspiration are not lost though we have no particular
poem to show for them; for those experiences have left an indelible impression,
and we are ever and anon reminded of them."
"Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake."
"Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk
with love and reverence."
"Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth."
"Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them
"Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves
and vegetable mould myself."
"Some are reputed sick and some are not. It often happens that the sicker
man is the nurse to the sounder."
"Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it."
Written by Famous Author : Henry David Thoreau
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