Speech is for the convenience of those who are hard of hearing; but there are many fine things which we cannot say if we have to shout.

Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau

Profession: Author
Nationality: American

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As you simplify your life, the laws of the Universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.

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.

Moreover, I, on my side, require of every writer, first or last, a simple and sincere account of his own life, and not merely what he has heard of other men's lives; some such account as he would send to his kindred from a distant land; for if he has lived sincerely, it must have been in a distant land to me.

In wildness is the preservation of the world. - from Walking.

A government which deliberately enacts injustice, and persists in it, will at length ever become the laughing-stock of the world.

On the death of a friend, we should consider that the fates through confidence have devolved on us the task of a double living, that we have henceforth to fulfill the promise of our friend's life also, in our own, to the world.

If misery loves company, misery has company enough.

Do not worry if you have built your castles in the air. They are where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.

There is no just and serene criticism as yet.

Thus men will lie on their backs, talking about the fall of man, and never make an effort to get up.

As I love nature, as I love singing birds...I love thee, my friend.

Will you be a reader, a student merely, or a seer? Read your fate, see what is before you, and walk on into futurity.

Amid a world of noisy, shallow actors it is noble to stand aside and say, 'I will simply be.

Some things are really necessaries of life in some circles, the most helpless and diseased, which in others are luxuries merely, and in others still entirely unknown.