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Henry David Thoreau
an author, poet, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, historian, philosopher, and leading transcendentalist. (1817-1862)
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Henry David Thoreau Apr 18
"What is the singing of birds, or any natural sound, compared with the voice of one we love?"
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Henry David Thoreau Apr 17
"Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all."
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Henry David Thoreau Apr 16
"The value of any experience is measured, of course, not by the amount of money, but the amount of development we get out of it."
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Henry David Thoreau Apr 16
"Again and again I congratulate myself on my so-called poverty. I was almost disappointed yesterday to find thirty dollars in my desk which I did not know that I possessed, though now I should be sorry to lose it."
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Henry David Thoreau Apr 16
"I long for wildness, a nature which I cannot put my foot through, woods where the wood thrush forever sings, where the hours are early morning ones, and there is dew on the grass, and the day is forever unproved, where I might have a fertile unknown for a soil about me."
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Henry David Thoreau Apr 13
"I love nature, I love the landscape, because it is so sincere. It never cheats me. It never jests. It is cheerfully, musically earnest."
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Henry David Thoreau Apr 13
"It would be worth the while if in each town there were a committee appointed to see that the beauty of the town received no detriment. If we have the largest boulder in the county, then it should not belong to an individual, nor be made into door-steps."
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Henry David Thoreau Apr 12
"Each town should have a park, or rather a primitive forest, of five hundred or a thousand acres, where a stick should never be cut for fuel, a common possession forever, for instruction and recreation."
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Henry David Thoreau Apr 12
Replying to @Adrian_RDM11
Journal, 11 March 1856
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Henry David Thoreau Apr 12
"Only that traveling is good which reveals to me the value of home and enables me to enjoy it better."
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Henry David Thoreau Apr 11
"Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence."
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Henry David Thoreau Apr 5
"Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love."
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Henry David Thoreau Apr 4
"I left the woods for as good a reason as I went there. Perhaps it seemed to me that I had several more lives to live, and could not spare any more time for that one."
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Henry David Thoreau Apr 4
"I think that no experience which I have today comes up to, or is comparable with, the experiences of my boyhood."
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Henry David Thoreau Mar 30
"Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine-trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it."
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Henry David Thoreau Mar 30
"Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations."
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Henry David Thoreau Mar 29
"Ah! I need solitude. I have come forth to this hill at sunset to see the forms of the mountains in the horizon — to behold and commune with something grander than man."
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Henry David Thoreau Mar 26
"As for the complex ways of living, I love them not, however much I practice them. In as many places as possible, I will get my feet down to the earth."
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Henry David Thoreau Mar 25
"I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least --- and it is commonly more than that --- sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagements."
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Henry David Thoreau Mar 23
"In the long run men hit only what they aim at. Therefore, though they should fail immediately, they had better aim at something high."
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