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Henry David Thoreau quotes

What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.

If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law.

What is called genius is the abundance of life and health.

It is what a man thinks of himself that really determines his fate.

Thaw with her gentle persuasion is more powerful than Thor with his hammer. The one melts, the other breaks into pieces.

It appears to be a law that you cannot have a deep sympathy with both man and nature.

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.

It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.

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 which he hears, however measured or far away.

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.

As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.

I never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude.

The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.

What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.

If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours.

The language of friendship is not words but meanings.

Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.

Things do not change; we change.

The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend.

Friends... they cherish one another's hopes. They are kind to one another's dreams.