By turns our purity inspires and our impurity casts us down.

Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau

Profession: Author
Nationality: American

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Beauty is where it is perceived. When I see the sun shinning on the woods across the pond, I think this side the richer which sees it.

The lawyer's truth is not Truth, but consistency or a consistent expediency.

My residence was more favorable, not only to thought, but to serious reading, than a university.

It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right.

Talk of mysteries! — Think of our life in nature, — daily to be shown matter, to come in contact with it, — rocks, trees, wind on our cheeks! The solid earth! The actual world! The common sense! Contact! Contact! Who are we? Where are we?

We should distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.

The tavern will compare favorably with the church.

You cannot kill time without injuring eternity.

Not till we are lost, in other words not till we have lost the world, do we begin to find ourselves, and realize where we are and the infinite extent of our relations.

A wise man has doubts even in his best moments. Real truth is always accompanied by hesitations. If I could not hesitate, I could not believe.

The light which puts out our eyes is darkness to us. Only that day dawns to which we are awake. There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star.

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.

I saw that the State was half-witted, that it was timid as a lone woman with her silver spoons, and that it did not know its friends from its foes, and I lost all my remaining respect for it, and pitied it.

We commonly do not remember that it is … always the first person that is speaking.