Alas! how little does the memory of these human inhabitants enhance the beauty of the landscape!
Henry David Thoreau
A very few, as heroes, patriots, martyrs, reformers in the great sense, and men, serve the State with their consciences also, and so necessarily resist it for the most part; and they are commonly treated by it as enemies.
There is in my nature, methinks, a singular yearning toward all wildness.
Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.
America is said to be the arena on which the battle of freedom is to be fought; but surely it cannot be freedom in a merely political sense that is meant. Even if we grant that the American has freed himself from a political tyrant, he is still the slave of an economical and moral tyrant.
On tops of mountains, as everywhere to hopeful souls, it is always morning.
Beauty is where it is perceived. When I see the sun shinning on the woods across the pond, I think this side the richer which sees it.
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.