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 :: 1817-1862, American Essayist, Poet, Naturalist

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As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.
~ Henry David Thoreau - [Time and Time Management]

 

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As to conforming outwardly, and living your own life inwardly, I have not a very high opinion of that course.
~ Henry David Thoreau - [Conformity]

 

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Associate reverently, as much as you can, with your loftiest thoughts.
~ Henry David Thoreau - [Thoughts and Thinking]

 

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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 - [Mystery]

 

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Be not simply good; be good for something.
~ Henry David Thoreau - [Purpose]

 

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Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.
~ Henry David Thoreau - [Honesty]

 

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Behave so the aroma of your actions may enhance the general sweetness of the atmosphere.
~ Henry David Thoreau - [Behavior]

 

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Being is the great explainer.
~ Henry David Thoreau - [Existence]

 

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Between whom there is hearty truth, there is love.
~ Henry David Thoreau - [Truth]

 

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Beware of all enterprises that require a new set of clothes.
~ Henry David Thoreau - [Caution]

 

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Books must be read as deliberately and reservedly as they were written.
~ Henry David Thoreau - [Books and Reading]

 

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Books, not which afford us a cowering enjoyment, but in which each thought is of unusual daring; such as an idle man cannot read, and a timid one would not be entertained by, which even make us dangerous to existing institution --such call I good books.
~ Henry David Thoreau - [Books and Reading]

 

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But lo! men have become the tools of their tools.
~ Henry David Thoreau - [Tools]

 

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By avarice and selfishness, and a groveling habit, from which none of us is free, of regarding the soil as property, or the means of acquiring property chiefly, the landscape is deformed, husbandry is degraded with us, and the farmer leads the meanest of lives. He knows Nature but as a robber.
~ Henry David Thoreau - [Farming and Farmers]

 

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City life is millions of people being lonesome together.
~ Henry David Thoreau - [Cities and City Life]

 

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Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.
~ Henry David Thoreau - [Liberty]

 

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Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.
~ Henry David Thoreau - [Distrust]

 

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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 - [Morality]

 

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Do what you love. Know you own bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw it still.
~ Henry David Thoreau - [Passion]

 

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Don't be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so.
~ Henry David Thoreau - [Morality]

 

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