Superfluous wealth can buy superfluities only. Money is not required to buy one necessary of the soul.
Henry David Thoreau
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This man is still a fisher, and belongs to an era in which I myself have lived. Perchance he is not confounded by many knowledges, and has not sought out many inventions, but how to take many fishes before the sun sets, with slender birchen pole and flaxen line, that is invention enough for him.
Every man looks upon his wood pile with a sort of affection.
To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity and trust.
Commonly men will only be brave as their fathers were brave, or timid.
I am sorry to think that you do not get a man's most effective criticism until you provoke him. Severe truth is expressed with some bitterness.
Will you be a reader, a student merely, or a seer? Read your fate, see what is before you, and walk on into futurity.
We are wont to imagine rare and delectable places in some remote and more celestial corner of the system, behind the constellation of Cassiopeia's Chair, far from noise and disturbance. I discovered that my house actually had its site in such a withdrawn, but forever new and unprofaned, part of the universe.
The words which express our faith and piety are not definite; yet they are significant and fragrant like frankincense to superior natures.
Books must be read as deliberately and reservedly as they were written.
I do not wish to flatter my townsmen, nor to be flattered by them, for that will not advance either of us.
He had been instructed only in that innocent and ineffectual way in which the Catholic priests teach the aborigines, by which the pupil is never educated to the degree of consciousness, but only to the degree of trust and reverence, and a child is not made a man, but kept a child.
I believe,—That government is best which governs not at all; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have.
If there is not a new man, how can the new clothes be made to fit? If you have any enterprise before you, try it in your old clothes.