'Tis healthy to be sick sometimes.
Henry David Thoreau
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While men believe in the infinite some ponds will be thought to be bottomless.
I do believe in simplicity. It is astonishing as well as sad, how many trivial affairs even the wisest thinks he must attend to in a day;…so simplify the problem of life, distinguish the necessary and the real.
Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.
Thu luxury of one class is counterbalanced by the indigence of another.
More than love, than money, than faith, than fame, than fairness ... Give me the truth.
Two sturdy oaks I mean, which side by side, Withstand the winter's storm, And spite of wind and tide, Grow up the meadow's pride, For both are strong Above they barely touch, but undermined Down to their deepest source, Admiring you shall find Their roots are intertwined Insep'rably.
How often we find ourselves turning our backs on our actual friends that we may go and meet their ideal cousins.
The doctrines of despair, of spiritual or political tyranny or servitude, were never taught by such as shared the serenity of nature.
Every blade in the field - Every leaf in the forest - lays down its life in its season as beautifully as it was taken up.
If I should sell my forenoons and afternoons to society, as most appear to do, I am sure that for me there would be nothing left worth living for.
The universe constantly and obediently answers to our conceptions; whether we travel fast or slow, the track is laid for us. Let us spend our lives in conceiving then.
I like sometimes to take rank hold on life and spend my day more as the animals do.
O Prince, our eyes contemplate with admiration and transmit to the soul the wonderful and varied spectacle of this universe. The night veils without doubt a part of this glorious creation; but day comes to reveal to us this great work, which extends from earth even into the plains of the ether.
There is just as much beauty visible to us in the landscape as we are prepared to appreciate, and not a grain more. ... A man sees only what concerns him.