I desire that there may be as many different persons in the world as possible; but I would have each one be very careful to find out and pursue his own way, and not his father's or his mother's or his neighbor's instead. The youth may build or plant or sail, only let him not be hindered from doing that which he tells me he would like to do.

Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau

Profession: Author
Nationality: American

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I do not refuse the Blue-Pearmain, I fill my pockets on each side; and as I retrace my steps in the frosty eve, being perhaps four or five miles from home, I eat one first from this side, and then from that, to keep my balance.

One may almost doubt if the wisest man has learned anything of absolute value by living.

It is there that the fugitive slave, and the Mexican prisoner on parole, and the Indian come to plead the wrongs of his race should find them; on that separate but more free and honorable ground, where the State places those who are not with her, but against her—the only house in a slave State in which a free man can abide with honor.

The birds I heard today, which, fortunately, did not come within the scope of my science, sang as freshly as if it had been the first morning of creation.

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

It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.

I foresee, that, if my wants should be much increased, the labor required to supply them would become a drudgery.

Dreams are the touchstones of our characters.

To read well, that is, to read true books in a true spirit, is a noble exercise, and one that will task the reader more than any exercise which the customs of the day esteem.

All change is a miracle to contemplate; but it is a miracle which is taking place every instant. Confucius.

Sell your clothes- keep your thoughts.

To have done anything just for money is to have been truly idle.

I am wont to think that men are not so much the keepers of herds as herds are the keepers of men. The former are so much the freer.

In the love of narrow souls I make many short voyages but in vain–I find no sea room—but in great souls I sail before the wind without a watch, and never reach the shore.