Archive for the ‘Henry David Thoreau’ Category

Say what you have to say, not what you ought

Thursday, February 4th, 2010
spool of thread wth pins

No face which we can give to a matter will stead us so well at last as the truth. This alone wears well. For the most part, we are not where we are, but in a false position. Through an infirmity of our natures, we suppose a case, and put…

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These same questions that disturb and puzzle and confound us have in their turn occurred to all the wise men

Saturday, January 16th, 2010
zoroastrian temple

not one has been omitted; and each has answered them, according to his ability, by his words and his life. Moreover, with wisdom we shall learn liberality. The solitary hired man on a farm in the outskirts of Concord, who has had his second birth and peculiar…

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Things do not change; we change

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts. God will see that you do not want society. If I were confined to a corner of a garret all my days, like a spider, the world would be just as large to me while I had…

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The universe is wider than our views of it.

Monday, October 19th, 2009

The wild goose is more of a cosmopolite than we; he breaks his fast in Canada, takes a luncheon in the Ohio, and plumes himself for the night in a southern bayou. Even the bison to some extent keeps pace with the seasons, cropping…

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Many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book

Friday, October 9th, 2009
walden pond

There are probably words addressed to our condition exactly, which, if we could really hear and understand, would be more salutary than the morning or the spring to our lives, and possibly put a new aspect on the face of…

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If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer

Friday, September 18th, 2009

Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. It is not important that he should mature as soon as an apple tree or an oak. Should he turn his spring into summer? If the condition of things which we…

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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.

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009
child at Walden Pond

I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that 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. He will…

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Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth

Sunday, April 26th, 2009
towering tree

The style, the house and grounds and “entertainment,” pass for nothing with me. I called on the king, but he made me wait in his hall, and conducted like a man incapacitated for hospitality. There was a man in my neighborhood who lived in a hollow tree. His manners were truly regal. I should have…

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Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine-trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009
mossy tree trunks

No, it is the poet, who loves them as his own shadow in the air, and lets them stand. I have been into the lumberyard, and the carpenter’s shop, and the tannery, and the lampblack-factory, and the turpentine clearing; but when at length I saw the tops of the pines waving and reflecting the light at a distance high over all the rest of the forest, I realized that the former were not the highest use of the…

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Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed, — a, to me, equally mysterious origin for it.

Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.

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