I stopped short in the path today to admire how the trees grow up without forethought regardless of the time and circumstances. They do not wait as men do—now is the golden age of the sapling—Earth, air, sun, and rain, are occasion enough—.
Henry David Thoreau
What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.
Life consists with wildness. The most alive is the wildest. Not yet subdued to man, its presence refreshes him.
Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.
It is remarkable how easily and insensibly we fall into a particular route, and make a beaten track for ourselves...The surface of the earth is soft and impressible by the feet of men and so with the paths which the mind travels.
It is not part of a true culture to tame tigers, any more than it is to make sheep ferocious.
What we call knowledge is often our positive ignorance; ignorance our negative knowledge.
As to conforming outwardly and living your own life inwardly, I do not think much of that.
Our whole life is startlingly moral. There is never an instant's truce between virtue and vice.
In the large towns and cities, where civilization especially prevails, the number of those who own a shelter is a very small fraction of the whole. The rest pay an annual tax for this outside garment of all, become indispensable summer and winter, which would buy a village of Indian wigwams, but now helps to keep them poor as long as they live.
The only way to tell the truth is to speak with kindness. Only the words of a loving man can be heard.
How can we expect a harvest of thought who have not had a seed-time of character?