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David Henry Thoreau
David Henry Thoreau

Author, philosopher, abolitionist, historian, naturalist and anarchist, Henry David Thoreau quotes paint a picture of a man who was passionate about a wide variety of social issues, an activist who was as talented in expressing his beliefs on paper as he was in living them. His most famous manuscript, Walden, was written during his years of solitude living on a pond in Massachusetts. Henry David Thoreau quotes condense society's complicated realities in a succinct and simple thought. One of the most beautifully written is "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".

Date of Birth: July 12, 1817
Date of Death: May 06, 1862


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David Henry Thoreau

"There is no remedy for love but to love more" David Henry Thoreau
The author's Journal, excerpted from The Thoreau you don't Know... (2009) by Robert Sullivan, page 87 Deeply in love with a woman named Ellen, whom his own brother John also loved, Henry David Thoreau penned this line in his journal in 1839. He later proposed to her in 1841, as did his brother, and both were rejected.

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"The heart is forever inexperienced." David Henry Thoreau

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"I did not wish to take a cabin passage, but rather to go before the mast and on the deck of the world, for there I could best see the moonlight amid the mountains. I do not wish to go below now." David Henry Thoreau

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"Visit the Navy-Yard, and behold a marine, such a man as an American government can make, or such as it can make a man with its black arts -- a mere shadow and reminiscence of humanity, a man laid out alive and standing, and already, as one may say, buried under arms with funeral accompaniments." David Henry Thoreau

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"We are constantly invited to be who we are." David Henry Thoreau

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"The generative energy, which, when we are loose, dissipates and makes us unclean, when we are continent invigorates and inspires us. Chastity is the flowering of man; and what are called Genius, Heroism, Holiness, and the like, are but various fruits which succeed it." David Henry Thoreau

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"I have a great deal of company in my house; especially in the morning, when nobody calls." David Henry Thoreau

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"True, there are architects so called in this country, and I have heard of one at least possessed with the idea of making architectural ornaments have a core of truth, a necessity, and hence a beauty, as if it were a revelation to him. All very well perhaps from his point of view, but only a little better than the common dilettantism." David Henry Thoreau

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"Humility like the darkness, reveals the heavenly lights." David Henry Thoreau

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"You know about a person who deeply interests you more than you can be told. A look, a gesture, an act, which to everybody else is insignificant tells you more about that one than words can." David Henry Thoreau

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"We seem but to linger in manhood to tell the dreams of our childhood, and they vanish out of memory ere we learn the language." David Henry Thoreau

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"Many of the phenomena of Winter are suggestive of an inexpressible tenderness and fragile delicacy. We are accustomed to hear this king described as a rude and boisterous tyrant; but with the gentleness of a lover he adorns the tresses of Summer." David Henry Thoreau

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"I have no doubt that it is a part of the destiny of the human race, in its gradual improvement, to leave off eating animals, as surely as the savage tribes have left off eating each other when they came in contact with the more civilized." David Henry Thoreau

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

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"In wildness is the preservation of the world." David Henry Thoreau

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"That devilish Iron Horse, whose ear-rending neigh is heard throughout the town, has muddied the Boiling Spring with his foot, and he it is that has browsed off all the woods on Walden shore, that Trojan horse, with a thousand men in his belly, introduced by mercenary Greeks! Where is the country's champion, the Moore of Moore Hall, to meet him at the Deep Cut and thrust an avenging lance between the ribs of the bloated pest?" David Henry Thoreau

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"If I seem to boast more than is becoming, my excuse is that I brag for humanity rather than for myself." David Henry Thoreau

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"The Artist is he who detects and applies the law from observation of the works of Genius, whether of man or Nature. The Artisan is he who merely applies the rules which others have detected." David Henry Thoreau

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"We live thick and are in each other's way, and stumble over one another, and I think we thus lose some respect for one another." David Henry Thoreau

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"City life is millions of people being lonesome together." David Henry Thoreau

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"We need the tonic of wildness, to wade sometimes in marshes where the bittern and the meadow-hen lurk, and hear the booming of the snipe; to smell the whispering sedge where only some wilder and more solitary fowl builds her nest, and the mink crawls with its belly close to the ground." David Henry Thoreau

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