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  Quotes of Henry Thoreau [39]

  1. A man is wise with the wisdom of his time only, and ignorant with its ignorance.True friendship can afford true knowledge. It does not depend on darkness and ignorance.
  2. That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.
  3. It takes two to speak the truth - one to speak and another to hear.
  4. Ignorance and bungling with love are better than wisdom and skill without.
  5. Men have become the tools of their tools.
  6. What is peculiar in the life of a man consists not in his obedience, but his opposition, to his instincts. In one direction or another he strives to live a supernatural life.
  7. If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. Men will believe what they see.
  8. If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
  9. Silence is the universal refuge, the sequel to all dull discourses and all foolish acts, a balm to our every chagrin, as welcome after satiety as after disappointment...
  10. How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.
  11. Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but religiously follows the new.
  12. Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.
  13. Cultivate the habit of early rising. It is unwise to keep the head long on a level with the feet.
  14. Time is but the stream I go fishing in. I drink at it, but while I drink I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is. It's thin current slides away, but eternity remains.
  15. The perch swallows the grub-worm, the pickerel swallows the perch, and the fisherman swallows the pickerel; and so all the chinks in the scale of being are filled.
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