Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.

Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau

Profession: Author
Nationality: American


Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new. Henry David Thoreau

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If a man doesn't keep pace with his companions, perhaps it's because he hears a different drummer.

I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.

A man is not a good man to me because he will feed me if I should be starving, or warm me if I should be freezing, or pull me out of a ditch if I should ever fall into one. I can find you a Newfoundland dog that will do as much.

It is there that the fugitive slave, and the Mexican prisoner on parole, and the Indian come to plead the wrongs of his race should find them; on that separate but more free and honorable ground, where the State places those who are not with her, but against her—the only house in a slave State in which a free man can abide with honor.

As if there were safety in stupidity alone.

The gross feeder is a man in the larva state; and there are whole nations in that condition, nations without fancy or imagination, whose vast abdomens betray them.

If you are ready to leave father and mother, and brother and sister, and wife and child and friends, and never see them again—if you have paid your debts, and made your will, and settled all your affairs, and are a free man—then you are ready for a walk.

There is always a present and extant life, be it better or worse, which all combine to uphold.

Write while the heat is in you… The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron which has cooled to burn a hole with.

To say that a man is your Friend, means commonly no more than this, that he is not your enemy.

It's circumstantial evidence, like finding a trout in the milk.

It is not so important that many should be good as you, as that there be some absolute goodness somewhere; for that will leaven the whole lump.

A perfectly healthy sentence, it is true, is extremely rare. For the most part we miss the hue and fragrance of the thought; as if we could be satisfied with the dews of the morning or evening without their colors, or the heavens without their azure.

Be a Columbus to whole new continents and worlds within you, opening new channels, not of trade, but of thought.