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HENRY DAVID THOREAU
American author and naturalist
(1817 - 1862)
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A man cannot be said to succeed in this life who does not satisfy one friend.
      - [Friends]

A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can let alone.
      - [Wealth]

A man is wise with the wisdom of his time only, and ignorant with its ignorance.
      - [Wisdom]

A man may acquire a taste for wine or brandy, and so lose his love for water, but should we not pity him.
      - [Wine and Spirits]

A man sits as many risks as he runs.
      - [Risk]

A man thinking or working is always alone, let him be where he will.
      - [Thinking]

A town is saved, not more by the righteous men in it than by the woods and swamps that surround it.
      - [Environment]

Any man more right than his neighbors constitutes a majority of one.
      - [Right]

Any nobleness begins at once to refine a man's features, any meanness or sensuality to imbrute them.
      - [Character]

As all curves have reference to their centres or foci, so all beauty of character has reference to the soul, and is a graceful gesture of recognition or waving of the body toward it.
      - [Soul]

As for style of writing, if one has anything to say, it drops from him simply and directly, as a stone falls to the ground.
      - [Style : Writing]

As if there were safety in stupidity alone.
      - [Stupidity]

As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.
      - [Time]

Associate reverently, and as much as one can with our loftiest thoughts.
      - [Thought]

At death our friends and relatives either draw nearer to us and are found out, or depart farther from us and are forgotten. Friends are as often brought nearer together as separated by death.
      - [Friends]

Be not simply good; be good for something.
      - [Virtue]

Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.
      - [Truth]

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

Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes.
      - [Business]

Books can only reveal us to ourselves, and as often as they do us this service we lay them aside.
      - in a letter to B.B. Wiley, April 26, 1857
        [Books]

Books that are books are all that you want, and there are but half a dozen in any thousand.
      - [Books]

Children, who play life, discern its true law and relations more clearly than men, who fail to live it worthily, but who think that they are wiser by experience, that is, by failure.
      - [Children]

Compliments and flattery oftenest excite my contempt by the pretension they imply; for who is he that assumes to flatter me? To compliment often implies an assumption of superiority in the complimenter. It is, in fact, a subtle detraction.
      - [Compliments]

Decay and disease are often beautiful, like the pearly tear of the shellfish and the hectic glow of consumption.
      - [Disease]

Did you ever hear of a man who had striven all his life faithfully and singly towards an object, and in no measure obtained it? If a man constantly aspires, is he not elevated? Did ever a man try heroism, magnanimity, truth, sincerity, and find that there was no advantage in them,--that it was a vain endeavor?
      - [Aspiration]


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