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HENRY DAVID THOREAU
American author and naturalist
(1817 - 1862)
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We are double-edged blades, and every time we whet our virtue the return stroke straps our vice.
      - [Vice]

We are not that we are, nor do we treat or esteem each other for such, but for that we are capable of being.
      - [Character]

We hate the kindness which we understand.
      - [Kindness]

We inspire friendship in men when we have contracted friendship with the gods.
      - [Friendship]

We live but a fraction of our lives.
      - [Living]

We need only travel enough to give our intellects an airing.
      - [Traveling]

We only need to be as true to others as we are to ourselves, that there may be grounds enough for friendship.
      - [Friendship]

We perceive and are affected by changes too subtle to be described.
      - [Change]

We should come home from adventures, and perils, and discoveries every day with new experience and character.
      - [Experience]

Wealth cannot purchase any great private solace or convenience. Riches are only the means of sociality.
      - [Wealth]

What is commonly called friendship even is only a little more honor among rogues.
      - [Friendship]

What men call social virtue, good fellowship, is commonly but the virtue of pigs in a litter, which lie close together to keep each other warm.
      - [Companionship]

Whatever sentence will bear to be read twice, we may be sure was thought twice.
      - [Reading]

Whatever the human law may be, neither an individual nor a nation can commit the least act of injustice against the obscurest individual without having to pay the penalty for it.
      - [Injustice]

Whatever your sex or position, life is a battle in which you are to show your pluck; and woe be to the coward! Whether passed on a bed of sickness or a tented field, it is ever the same fair play, and admits no foolish distinctions. Despair and postponement are cowardice and defeat. Men were born to succeed, not to fail.
      - [Self-reliance]

When a soldier is hit by a cannonball, rags are as becoming as purple.
      - [Dress]

When I hear music I fear no danger, I am invulnerable, I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.
      - [Music]

When I was a shepherd on the plains of Assyria.
      - [Evolution]

When I would go a-visiting, I find that I go off the fashionable street,--not being inclined to change my dress,--to where man meets man, and not polished shoe meets shoe.
      - [Fashion]

While some men believe in the infinite, some ponds will be thought to be bottomless.
      - [Belief]

Would the face of nature be so serene and beautiful if man's destiny were not equally so.
      - [Destiny]

You must have a genius for charity as well as for anything else.
      - [Charity]

A man's whole life is taxed for the least thing well done. It is its net result.
      - A Week on the Concord (Sunday)
        [Effort : Life]

A sentence should read as if its author, had he held a plough instead of a pen, could have drawn a furrow deep and straight to the end.
      - A Week on the Concord (Sunday) [Writing]

At least let us have healthy books.
      - A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers
        [Books]


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