Dreams are the touchstones of our characters.

Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau

Profession: Author
Nationality: American

Dreams are the touchstones of our characters. Henry David Thoreau

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I had gone down to the woods for other purposes. But, wherever a man goes, men will pursue and paw him with their dirty institutions, and, if they can, constrain him to belong to their desperate odd-fellow society.

Even trees do not die without a groan.

You must everywhere build on piles of your own driving.

I find it wholesome to be alone the greater part of the time. To be in company, even with the best, is soon wearisome and dissipating. I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude. We are for the most part more lonely when we go abroad among men than when we stay in our chambers.

A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.

It seems as if no man had ever died in America before, for in order to die you must first have lived. These men, in teaching us how to die, have at the same time taught us how to live.

If I have unjustly wrested a plank from a drowning man, I must restore it to him though I drown myself.

Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.

There will never be a really free and enlightened state until the state comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are derived.

Shams and delusions are esteemed for soundest truths, while reality is fabulous.

By turns our purity inspires and our impurity casts us down.

What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.

Friends... they cherish one another's hopes. They are kind to one another's dreams.

As to conforming outwardly and living your own life inwardly, I do not think much of that.