Henry David Thoreau

United States
12 Jul 1817 // 6 May 1862
Writer / Author / Poet


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After the first blush of sin comes its indifference
Experience is in the fingers and head. The heart is inexperienced
We need only to travel enough to give our intellects an airing
We should come home from adventures, and perils, and discoveries every day with new experience and character
All good things are wild, and free
True friendship can afford true knowledge. It does not depend on darkness and ignorance
I do not know how to distinguish between our waking life and a dream. Are we not always living the life that we imagine we are?
Any fool can make a rule, and every fool will mind it
The eye is the jewel of the body
Books must be read as deliberately and reservedly as they were written
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."