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Quotations by author » Henry David Thoreau
American Essayist, Poet and Philosopher, 1817-1862
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'Tis healthy to be sick sometimes.
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A broad margin of leisure is as beautiful in a man's life as in a book.
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A broad margin of leisure is as beautiful in a man's life as in a book. Haste makes waste, no less in life than in housekeeping. Keep the time, observe the hours of the universe, not of the cars.
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A farmer, a hunter, a soldier, a reporter, even a philosopher, may be daunted; but nothing can deter a poet, for he is actuated by pure love. Who can predict his comings and goings? His business calls him out at all hours, even when doctors sleep.
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A friend is one who incessantly pays us the compliment of expecting from us all the virtues, and who can appreciate them in us. The friend asks no return but that his friend will religiously accept and wear and not disgrace his apotheosis of him. They cherish each other's hopes. They are kind to each other's dreams.
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A friend is one who takes me for what I am.
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A grain of gold will gild a great surface, but not so much as a grain of wisdom.
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A kitten is so flexible that she is almost double; the hind parts are equivalent to another kitten with which the forepart plays. She does not discover that her tail belongs to her until you tread on it.
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A man cannot be said to succeed in this life who does not satisfy one friend.
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A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone.
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A man is wise with the wisdom of his time only, and ignorant with its ignorance
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A man may acquire a taste for wine or brandy, and so lose his love for water, but should we not pity him
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A man sits as many risks as he runs.
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A man thinks as well through his legs and arms as this brain.
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A minority is powerless while it conforms to the majority; it is not even a minority then; but it is irresistible when it clogs by its whole weight.
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A name pronounced is the recognition of the individual to whom it belongs. He who can pronounce my name aright, he can call me, and is entitled to my love and service.
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A name pronounced is the recognition of the individual to whom it belongs. He who can pronounce my name aright, he can call me, and is entitled to my love and service.
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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.
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A pretty little graceful fellow, too small and delicate to be rapacious.
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A pretty little graceful fellow, too small and delicate to be rapacious.
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