Justice is sweet and musical; but injustice is harsh and discordant.

Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau

Profession: Author
Nationality: American


Justice is sweet and musical; but injustice is harsh and discordant. Henry David Thoreau

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The objections which have been brought against a standing army, and they are many and weighty, and deserve to prevail, may also at last be brought against a standing government.

Any man more right than his neighbors constitutes a majority of one already.

This is the frost coming out of the ground; this is Spring. It precedes the green and flowery spring, as mythology precedes regular poetry.

It would surpass the powers of a well man nowadays to take up his bed and walk, and I should certainly advise a sick one to lay down his bed and run.

How godlike, how immortal, is he?

I should not talk so much about myself if there were any body else whom I knew as well. Unfortunately, I am confined to this theme by the narrowness of my experience.

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.

How could youths better learn to live than by at once trying the experiment of living?

When the subject has refused allegiance and the officer has resigned his office, then the revolution is accomplished.

Comparatively, tattooing is not the hideous custom which it is called. It is not barbarous merely because the printing is skin-deep and unalterable.

I have scarcely heard of a truer sacrament, that is, as the dictionary defines it, "outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace," than this, and I have no doubt that they were originally inspired directly from Heaven to do thus, though they have no Biblical record of the revelation.

It is not enought to be busy, so are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?

We are underbred and low-lived and illiterate; and in this respect I confess I do not make any very broad distinction between the illiterateness of my townsmen who cannot read at all, and the illiterateness of him who has learned to read only what is for children and feeble intellects.

A minority is powerless while it conforms to the majority.