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Henry David Thoreau Quotes

Faith keeps many doubts in her pay. If I could not doubt, I should not believe.

Faith never makes a confession.

Friends... they cherish one another's hopes. They are kind to one another's dreams.

Front yards are not made to walk in, but, at most, through, and you could go in the back way.

Generally speaking, a howling wilderness does not howl: it is the imagination of the traveler that does the howling.

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.

God reigns when we take a liberal view, when a liberal view is presented to us.

Goodness is the only investment that never fails.

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.

Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.

How can any man be weak who dares to be at all?

How could youths better learn to live than by at once trying the experiment of living?

How does it become a man to behave towards the American government today? I answer, that he cannot without disgrace be associated with it.

How many things there are concerning which we might well deliberate whether we had better know them.

How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.

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.

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.

I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.

I have a great deal of company in the house, especially in the morning when nobody calls.

I have always been regretting that I was not as wise as the day I was born.