I have no doubt that it is a part of the destiny of the human race, in its gradual improvement, to leave off eating animals, as surely as savage tribes have left off eating each other when they came in contact with the more civilized.

Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau

Profession: Author
Nationality: American

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Who hears the fishes when they cry?

A grain of gold will gild a great surface but not so much as a grain of wisdom.

Men have become the tools of their tools. Money is not required to buy one necessity of the soul. Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.

An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.

I think that we should be men first and subjects afterward. It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right.

If ever I was sure that someone was coming to help me, I should run like hell.

Make the most of your regrets never smother your sorrow, but tend and cherish it till it comes to have a separate and integral interest. To regret deeply is to live afresh.

The portionless, who struggle with no such unnecessary inherited encumbrances, find it labor enough to subdue and cultivate a few cubic feet of flesh.

The truly efficient laborer will be found not to crowd his day with work, but will saunter to his task surrounded by a wide halo of ease and leisure.

If we stay at home and mind our business, who will want railroads?

Not till we are completely lost or turned around, do we begin to find ourselves.

To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts; but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates.

He who sits still in a house all the time may be the greatest vagrant of all; but the saunterer, in the good sense, is no more vagrant than the meandering river, which is all the while sedulously seeking the shortest course to the sea.

My residence was more favorable, not only to thought, but to serious reading, than a university.