I cannot read a single word of the Hindoos without being elevated.

Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau

Profession: Author
Nationality: American

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I think that he should keep a caravansary on the world's highway, where philosophers of all nations might put up, and on his sign should be printed, Entertainment for man, but not for his beast. Enter ye that have leisure and a quiet mind, who earnestly seek the right road.

More than love, than money, than faith, than fame, than fairness ... Give me the truth.

I would rather sit in the open air, for no dust gathers on the grass, unless where man has broken ground.

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

In what concerns you much, do not think that you have companions: know that you are alone in the world.

All men want, not something to do with, but something to do, or rather something to be.

There are nowadays professors of philosophy, but not philosophers.

Now-a-days, men wear a fool's cap, and call it a liberty cap.

Let every man make known what kind of government would command his respect, and that will be one step toward obtaining it.

To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.

Gardening is civil and social, but it wants the vigor and freedom of the forest and the outlaw. There may be an excess of cultivation as well as of anything else, until civilization becomes pathetic. A highly cultivated man, -all whose bones can be bent! whose heaven-born virtues are but good manners!

The finest workers in stone are not copper or steel tools, but the gentle touches of air and water working at their leisure with a liberal allowance of time.

One little chore to do, one little commission to fulfil, one message to carry, would spoil heaven itself.

I was more independent than any farmer in Concord, for I was not anchored to a house or farm, but could follow the bent of my genius, which is a very crooked one, every moment.