Henry David Thoreau

“The words of some men are thrown forcibly against you and adhere like burrs.” – Henry David Thoreau, US Transcendentalist, naturalist and author (1817 – 1862)

“I say beware of all enterprises that require new clothes, and not rather a new wearer of clothes.” – Henry David Thoreau, US Transcendentalist, naturalist and author (1817 – 1862)

“Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than this incessant business.” – Henry David Thoreau, US Transcendentalist, naturalist and author (1817 – 1862)

“Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.” – Henry David Thoreau, US Transcendentalist, naturalist and author (1817 – 1862)

“Men have become the tools of their tools.” – Henry David Thoreau, US Transcendentalist, naturalist and author (1817 – 1862)

“The cost of a thing is the amount of what I call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.” -Henry David Thoreau, US Transcendentalist, naturalist and author (1817 – 1862)

” It is difficult to begin without borrowing, but perhaps it is the most generous course thus to permit your fellow-men to have an interest in your enterprise. ” – Henry David Thoreau, US Transcendentalist, naturalist and author (1817 – 1862), Walden

” There is no rule more invariable than that we are paid for our suspicions by finding what we suspect. -Henry David Thoreau, US Transcendentalist, naturalist and author (1817 – 1862)

“To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity, and trust.” – Henry David Thoreau, US Transcendentalist, naturalist and author (1817 – 1862)

“Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things.” — Henry David Thoreau, US Transcendentalist, naturalist and author (1817 – 1862)

“Speech is for the convenience of those who are hard of hearing.” – Henry David Thoreau, US Transcendentalist, naturalist and author (1817 – 1862)

A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.” -Henry David Thoreau, US Transcendentalist, naturalist and author (1817 – 1862)

“My greatest skill has been to want but little.” – Henry David Thoreau, US Transcendentalist, naturalist and author (1817 – 1862)

“However mean your life is, meet it and live it: do not shun it and call it hard names. Cultivate poverty like a garden herb, like sage. Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends. Things do not change, we change. Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts. God will see that you do want society.” – Henry David Thoreau, US Transcendentalist, naturalist and author (1817 – 1862)

“You cannot kill time without injuring eternity.” – Henry David Thoreau, US Transcendentalist, naturalist and author (1817 – 1862)

‘It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.’ – Henry David Thoreau, US Transcendentalist, naturalist and author (1817 – 1862)

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