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Henry David Thoreau Quotes

(1817-1862), American Essayist, Poet, Naturalist

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

Category: Words

Men have become the tools of their trade.

Category: Work

Most men would feel insulted if it were proposed to employ them in throwing stones over a wall, and then in throwing them back, merely that they might earn their wages. But many are no more worthily employed now.

Category: Work

The really efficient laborer will be found not to crowd his day with work, but will saunter to his task surrounded by a wide halo of ease and leisure.

Category: Work

There is no more fatal blunderer than he who consumes the greater part of his life getting his living.

Category: Work

The earth is not a mere fragment of dead history, stratum upon stratum like the leaves of a book, to be studied by geologists and antiquaries chiefly, but living poetry like the leaves of a tree, which precede flowers and fruit -- not a fossil earth, but a living earth; compared with whose great central life all animal and vegetable life is merely parasitic. Its throes will heave our exuviate from their graves.

Category: World

All good things are cheap: all bad are very dear.

Category: Worth

A perfectly healthy sentence, it is true, is extremely rare. For the most part we miss the hue and fragrance of the thought; as if we could be satisfied with the dews of the morning or evening without their colors, or the heavens without their azure.

Category: Writers And Writing

How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.

Category: Writers And Writing

Youth gets together with their materials to build a bridge to the moon or maybe a palace on earth; then in middle age they decide to build a woodshed with them instead.

Category: Youth