Favorite Quotations Henry David Thoreau Walden & Other Writings

"The sun is but a morning star." ~ Henry David Thoreau

choose love over fear

Associate reverently, and as much as you can, with your loftiest thoughts.

Do what you love. Know your own bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw it still.

Our life is frittered away by detail... Simplify, simplify.

Experience is in the fingers and head. The heart is inexperienced.

It is never too late to give up your prejudices.

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away.

Nothing is so much to be feared as fear.

A broad margin of leisure is as beautiful in a man's life as in a book.

I turned my face more exclusively than ever to the woods, where I was better known.

We've heard it said, that government is best which governs least. That government is best which governs least, and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government they will have.

Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say let your affairs be as one, two, three and to a hundred or a thousand… We are happy in proportion to the things we can do without.

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; That is where they should be. Now put foundations under them.

A lake is the landscape's most beautiful and expressive feature. It is earth's eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.

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