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Henry David Thoreau Quotes

Henry David Thoreau

July 12, 1817 - May 6, 1862

Concord, Massachusetts, United States

Author, Philosopher, Poet, Naturalist, Surveyor, Leading transcendentalist,Tax resister, Development critic, Historian


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We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success.

-Henry David Thoreau





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I did not wish to take a cabin passage, but rather to go before the mast and on the deck of the world, for there I could best see the moonlight amid the mountains. I do not wish to go below now.

-Henry David Thoreau




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Great men, unknown to their generation, have their fame among the great who have preceded them, and all true worldly fame subsides from their high estimate beyond the stars.

-Henry David Thoreau




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While civilization has been improving our houses, it has not equally improved the men who are to inhabit them. It has created palaces, but it was not so easy to create noblemen and kings.

-Henry David Thoreau




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It is better to have your head in the clouds, and know where you are... than to breathe the clearer atmosphere below them, and think that you are in paradise.

-Henry David Thoreau