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City life is millions of people being lonesome together. Henry David Thoreau

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I put a piece of paper under my pillow, and when I could not sleep I wrote in the dark. Henry David Thoreau

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But lo! men have become the tools of their tools. Henry David Thoreau

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Almost any man knows how to earn money, but not one in a million knows how to spend it. Henry David Thoreau

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Faith keeps many doubts in her pay. If I could not doubt, I should not believe. Henry David Thoreau

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What is a country without rabbits and partridges? They are among the most simple and indigenous animal products; ancient and venerable families known to antiquity as to modern times; of the very hue and substance of Nature, nearest allied to leaves and to the ground. Henry David Thoreau

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He enjoys true leisure who has time to improve his soul's estate. Henry David Thoreau

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I say, break the law. Henry David Thoreau

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Is not disease the rule of existence? There is not a lily pad floating on the river but has been riddled by insects. Almost every shrub and tree has its gall, oftentimes esteemed its chief ornament and hardly to be distinguished from the fruit. If misery loves company, misery has company enough. Now, at midsummer, find me a perfect leaf or fruit. Henry David Thoreau

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Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. Henry David Thoreau

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The way by which you may get money almost without exception leads downward. Henry David Thoreau

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Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes. Henry David Thoreau

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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. Henry David Thoreau

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There is no rule more invariable than that we are paid for our suspicions by finding what we suspect. Henry David Thoreau

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The keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams. Henry David Thoreau

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The pleasure we feel in music springs from the obedience which is in it. Henry David Thoreau

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Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life. So aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something. Henry David Thoreau

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I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life... I wanted to live so sturdily and so Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life... to drive life into a corner to know it by experience and be able to give an account of it in my next excursion. Henry David Thoreau

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At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be infinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. Henry David Thoreau

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If the fairest features of the landscape are to be named after men, let them be the noblest and worthiest men alone. Henry David Thoreau

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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. Henry David Thoreau

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The boy gathers materials for a temple, and then when he is thirty, concludes to build a woodshed. Henry David Thoreau

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The broadest and most prevalent error requires the most disinterested virtue to sustain it. Henry David Thoreau

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Our whole life is startlingly moral. There is never an instant's truce between virtue and vice. Henry David Thoreau

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Money is not required to buy one necessity of the soul. Henry David Thoreau

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Don't be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so. Henry David Thoreau

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Of what significance are the things you can forget. Henry David Thoreau

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The only wealth is life. Henry David Thoreau

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The man who is dissatisfied with himself, what can he do? Henry David Thoreau

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There is no remedy for love than to love more. Henry David Thoreau

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Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them. Henry David Thoreau

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I have received no more than one or two letters in my life that were worth the postage. Henry David Thoreau

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The mass never comes up to the standard of its best member, but on the contrary degrades itself to a level with the lowest. Henry David Thoreau

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Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind. Henry David Thoreau

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Love must be as much a light, as it is a flame. Henry David Thoreau

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The universe is wider than our views of it. Henry David Thoreau

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There are nine hundred and ninety-nine patrons of virtue to one virtuous man. Henry David Thoreau

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The savage in man is never quite eradicated. Henry David Thoreau

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All voting is a sort of gaming, like checkers or backgammon, with a slight moral tinge to it, a playing with right and wrong. Henry David Thoreau

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Our moments of inspiration are not lost though we have no particular poem to show for them; for those experiences have left an indelible impression, and we are ever and anon reminded of them. Henry David Thoreau

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If I shall sell both my forenoons and afternoons to society, as most appear to do, I'm sure that, for me, there would be nothing left worth living for. Henry David Thoreau

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We shall see but little way if we require to understand what we see. How few things can a man measure with the tape of his understanding! How many greater things might he be seeing in the meanwhile! Henry David Thoreau

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Behave so the aroma of your actions may enhance the general sweetness of the atmosphere. Henry David Thoreau

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Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth. Henry David Thoreau

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I would give all the wealth of the world, and all the deeds of all the heroes, for one true vision. Henry David Thoreau

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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. What are threescore years and ten hurriedly and coarsely lived to moments of divine leisure in which your life is coincident with the life of the universe? Henry David Thoreau

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We are eager to tunnel under the Atlantic and bring the Old World some weeks nearer to the New; but perchance the first news that will leak through into the broad, flapping American ear will be that the Princess Adelaide has the whooping cough. Henry David Thoreau

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The lawyer's truth is not Truth, but consistency or a consistent expediency. Henry David Thoreau

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In the midst of this chopping sea of civilized life, such are the clouds and storms and quicksands and thousand-and-one items to be allowed for, that a man has to live, if he would not founder and go to the bottom and not make his port at all, by dead reckoning, and he must be a great calculator indeed who succeeds. Henry David Thoreau

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Each thought that is welcomed and recorded is a nest egg by the side of which more will be laid. Henry David Thoreau