Nor is it every apple I desire, Nor that which pleases every palate best; 'T is not the lasting Deuxan I require, Nor yet the red-cheeked Greening I request, Nor that which first beshrewed the name of wife, Nor that whose beauty caused the golden strife: No, no! bring me an apple from the tree of life.

Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau

Profession: Author
Nationality: American

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We were born to succeed, not to fail.

If a thousand men were not to pay their tax bills this year, that would not be a violent and bloody measure, as it would be to pay them, and enable the State to commit violence and shed innocent blood. This is, in fact, the definition of a peaceable revolution, if any such is possible.

Even trees do not die without a groan.

For my greatest skill has been to want but little.

The light which puts out our eyes is darkness to us.

I would not have every man nor every part of a man cultivated, anymore than I would have every acre of earth cultivated.

I HEARTILY ACCEPT the motto,—That government is best which governs least; and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically.

Grow wild according to thy nature.

Only he is successful in his business who makes that pursuit which affords him the highest pleasure sustain him.

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

A lady once offered me a mat, but as I had no room to spare within the house, nor time to spare within or without to shake it, I declined it, preferring to wipe my feet on the sod before my door. It is best to avoid the beginnings of evil.

Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.

Those who have been bred in the school of politics fail now and always to face the facts.

The true harvest of my life is intangible - a little star dust caught, a portion of the rainbow I have clutched.