You cannot kill time without injuring eternity.
Henry David Thoreau
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The rest pay an annual tax for this outside garment of all, become indispensable summer and winter, which would buy a village of Indian wigwams, but now helps to keep them poor as long as they live.
For a man to act himself, he must be perfectly free; otherwise he is in danger of losing all sense of responsibility or of self- respect.
This whole earth which we inhabit is but a point in space. How far apart, think you, dwell the most distant inhabitants of yonder star, the breadth of whose disk cannot be appreciated by our instruments?
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.
Is the babe young? When I behold it, it seems more venerable than the oldest man.
Some are reputed sick and some are not. It often happens that the sicker man is the nurse to the sounder.
There are nine hundred and ninety-nine patrons of virtue to one virtuous man.
Let me live where I will, on this side is the city, on that the wilderness, and ever I am leaving the city more and more, and withdrawing into the wilderness.
I find it so difficult to dispose of the few facts which to me are significant, that I hesitate to burden my attention with those which are insignificant.
The mass of men serve the state thus, not as men mainly, but as machines, with their bodies.
A government which deliberately enacts injustice, and persists in it, will at length ever become the laughing-stock of the world.
One may be drunk with love without being any nearer to finding his mate...Love must be as much a light as a flame.
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.
One must maintain a little bittle of summer, even in the middle of winter.