Quotations From HENRY DAVID THOREAU

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  • 31.
    Books can only reveal us to ourselves, and as often as they do us this service we lay them aside.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Letter, April 26, 1857, to B.B. Wiley, in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 6, pp. 300-301, Houghton Mifflin (1906).
  • 32.
    Sincerity is a great but rare virtue, and we pardon to it much complaining, and the betrayal of many weaknesses.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Letter, September 26, 1855, to Harrison Blake, in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 6, p. 259, Houghton Mifflin (1906).
  • 33.
    Nowadays almost all man's improvements, so called, as the building of houses and the cutting down of the forest and of all large trees, simply deform the landscape, and make it more and more tame and cheap.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Walking" (1862), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 5, p. 212, Houghton Mifflin (1906).

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  • 34.
    The dinner even is only the parable of a dinner, commonly.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Walden (1854), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 2, p. 270, Houghton Mifflin (1906).
  • 35.
    I do not suppose that I have attained to obscurity, but I should be proud if no more fatal fault were found with my pages ... than was found with the Walden ice.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Walden (1854), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 2, p. 358, Houghton Mifflin (1906). Thoreau here refers to the purity of the pond's ice.
  • 36.
    A man may travel fast enough and earn his living on the road.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 324, Houghton Mifflin (1906).

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  • 37.
    The impression made on a wise man is that of universal innocence. Poison is not poisonous after all, nor are any wounds fatal. Compassion is a very untenable ground. It must be expeditious. Its pleadings will not bear to be stereotyped.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Walden (1854), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 2, p. 351, Houghton Mifflin (1906).

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  • 38.
    We loiter in winter while it is already spring.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Walden (1854), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 2, p. 346, Houghton Mifflin (1906).

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  • 39.
    One revelation has been made to the Indian, another to the white man.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "The Allegash and East Branch" (1864) in The Maine Woods (1864), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 3, p. 201, Houghton Mifflin (1906).
  • 40.
    Poetry is the mysticism of mankind.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 350, Houghton Mifflin (1906).

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