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That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.
Henry David Thoreau

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

The savage in man is never quite eradicated.
Henry David Thoreau

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed
desperation.
Henry David Thoreau

There is no remedy for love, but to love more.
Henry David Thoreau

For many years I was self-appointed inspector of snowstorms and rainstorms, and did my
duty faithfully, though I never received one cent for it.
Henry David Thoreau

Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.
Henry David Thoreau

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

Water is the only drink for a wise man.
Henry David Thoreau

If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life
which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
Henry David Thoreau

You must not only aim right, but draw the bow with all your might.
Henry David Thoreau

The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.
Henry David Thoreau

Dreams are the touchstones of our characters.
Henry David Thoreau

I have never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude.
Henry David Thoreau

We are as much as we see. Faith is sight and knowledge. The hands only serve the eyes.
Henry David Thoreau

You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.
Henry David Thoreau

It is so rare to meet with a man outdoors who cherishes a worthy thought in his mind,
which is independent of the labor of his hands.
Henry David Thoreau

Any man more right than his neighbors constitutes a majority of one.
Henry David Thoreau

I love a broad margin to my life.
Henry David Thoreau

Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.
Henry David Thoreau

There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.
Henry David Thoreau

Philantrophy is almost the only virtue which is sufficiently appreciated by mankind.
Henry David Thoreau

What people say you cannot do, you try and find that you can.
Henry David Thoreau

Men are born to succeed, not fail.
Henry David Thoreau

Say what you have to say, not what you ought.
Henry David Thoreau

A truly good book is something as wildly natural and primitive, mysterious and marvelous,
ambrosial and fertile as a fungus or a lichen.
Henry David Thoreau

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

I love best to have each thing in its season, doing without it at all other times.
Henry David Thoreau

We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aids, but by an
infinite expectation of the dawn.
Henry David Thoreau

What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?
Henry David Thoreau

The most I can do for my friend is simply to be his friend.
Henry David Thoreau

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