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HENRY DAVID THOREAU
American author and naturalist
(1817 - 1862)
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It is tranquil people who accomplish much.
      - [Quiet]

Let a man take time enough for the most trivial deed, though it be but the paring of his nails. The buds swell imperceptibly, without hurry or confusion,--as if the short spring days were an eternity.
      - [Moderation]

Let Harlequin be taken with a fit of the colic, and his trappings will have to serve that mood too.
      - [Dress]

Live each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.
      - [Living]

Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.
      - [Belief]

Live your life, do your work, then take your hat.
      - [Living]

Love must be as much a light as a flame.
      - [Love]

Man is the artificer of his own happiness.
      - [Happiness]

Man's moral nature is a riddle which only eternity can solve.
      - [Man]

Measure your health by your sympathy with morning and spring. If there is no response in you to the awakening of nature, if the prospect of an early morning walk does not banish sleep, if the warble of the first bluebird does not thrill you, know that the morning and spring of your life are past.
      - [Morning]

Men are born to succeed, not to fail.
      - [Success]

Men are probably nearer to the essential truth in their superstitions than in their science.
      - [Superstition]

Men have become the tools of their tools.
      - [Tools]

Men will lie on their backs, talking about the fall of man, and never make an effort to get up.
      - [Inaction]

Money is not required to buy one necessity of the soul.
      - [Money]

Most are engaged in business the greater part of their lives, because the soul abhors a vacuum and they have not discovered any continuous employment for man's nobler faculties.
      - [Employment]

Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life, are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.
      - [Luxury]

No man ever stood lower in my estimation for having a patch in his clothes; yet I am sure there is greater anxiety to have fashionable, or at least clean and unpatched clothes, than to have a sound conscience. I sometimes try my acquaintances by some such test as this--who could wear a patch, or two extra seams only, over the knee.
      - [Dress]

No way of thinking or doing, however ancient, can be trusted can be trusted without proof.
      - [Proof]

None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.
      - [Enthusiasm]

Not by constraint or severity shall you have access to true wisdom, but by abandonment and childlike mirthfulness.
      - [Cheerfulness]

Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short.
      - [Brevity]

Nothing goes by luck in composition; it allows of no trick. The best you can write will be the best you are. Every sentence is the result of a long probation. The author's character is read from title-page to end.
      - [Authorship]

Nothing is so much to be feared as fear.
      - [Fear]

Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes.
      - [Friends]


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