I left the woods for as good a reason as I went there. Perhaps it seemed to me that I had several more lives to live, and could not spare any more time for that one.

Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau

Profession: Author
Nationality: American

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As in geology, so in social institutions, we may discover the causes of all past changes in the present invariable order of society.

A thoroughbred business man cannot enter heartily upon the business of life without first looking into his accounts.

Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.

Knowledge does not come to us by details, but in flashes of light from heaven.

I am freighted with thought.

Live free, child of the mist—and with respect to knowledge we are all children of the mist.

I often visited a particular plant four or five miles distant, half a dozen times within a fortnight, that I might know exactly when it opened.

There is but little virtue in the action of masses of men. When the majority shall at length vote for the abolition of slavery, it will be because they are indifferent to slavery, or because there is but little slavery left to be abolished by their vote. They will then be the only slaves.

So thoroughly and sincerely are we compelled to live, reverencing our life, and denying the possibility of change. This is the only way, we say; but there are as many ways as there can be drawn radii from one centre. All change is a miracle to contemplate; but it is a miracle which is taking place every instant.

The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait until that other is ready, and it may be a long time before they get off.

Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?

What people say you cannot do, you try and find that you can.

It is a little star-dust caught, a segment of the rainbow which I have clutched.

The written word is the choicest of relics.