Walden Quotes

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
spider

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
geese

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 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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