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Thoreau and Alcott House, Concord, Mass.

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Thoreaus Cove, Lake Walden, Concord, Mass.

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Site of Thoreaus Hut, Concord, Mass.

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Site of Thoreaus Hut, Concord, Mass.

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"A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading I must finish by acting."


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"A broad margin of leisure is as beautiful in a mans life as in a book. Haste makes waste no less in life than in housekeeping. Keep the time observe the hours of the universe not of the cars."


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"A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone."


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"A man cannot be said to succeed in this life who does not satisfy one friend."


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"Nature puts no question and answers none which we mortals ask. She has long ago taken her resolution."


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"If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen."


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"Men have become the tools of their tools."


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"Men have a respect for scholarship and learning greatly out of proportion to the use they commonly serve."


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"Be true to your work your word and your friend."


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"I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor."


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"The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it."


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"If a man does not keep pace with his companions perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears however measured or far away."


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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."


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"What is human warfare but just this an effort to make the laws of God and nature take sides with one party."


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"I am sorry to think that you do not get a mans most effective criticism until you provoke him. Severe truth is expressed with some bitterness."


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"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined he will meet with success unexpected in common hours."


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"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."


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"None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm."


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"Nature is full of genius full of the divinity so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand."


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"There is more of good nature than of good sense at the bottom of most marriages."


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"There are moments when all anxiety and stated toil are becalmed in the infinite leisure and repose of nature."


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"What is called genius is the abundance of life and health."


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"Be not simply good - be good for something."


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"It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things."


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


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"Read the best books first or you may not have a chance to read them at all."


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"It is usually the imagination that is wounded first rather than the heart it being much more sensitive."


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"That government is best which governs least."


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


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"The lawyers truth is not Truth but consistency or a consistent expediency."


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"Rather than love than money than fame give me truth."


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"The rarest quality in an epitaph is truth."


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"The law will never make a man free it is men who have got to make the law free."


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"It takes two to speak the truth: one to speak and another to hear."


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"To be admitted to Natures hearth costs nothing. None is excluded but excludes himself. You have only to push aside the curtain."


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"Nature and human life are as various as our several constitutions. Who shall say what prospect life offers to another?"


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"There is danger that we lose sight of what our friend is absolutely while considering what she is to us alone."


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"I think that there is nothing not even crime more opposed to poetry to philosophy ay to life itself than this incessant business."


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"The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation."


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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."


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"When I hear music I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times and to the latest."


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"Truth is always in harmony with herself and is not concerned chiefly to reveal the justice that may consist with wrong-doing."


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"I have never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude. We are for the most part more lonely when we go abroad among men than when we stay in our chambers. A man thinking or working is always alone let him be where he will."


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"There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself."


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"Alas! how little does the memory of these human inhabitants enhance the beauty of the landscape!"


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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."


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"Faith never makes a confession."


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"To have done anything just for money is to have been truly idle."


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"If you have built castles in the air your work need not be lost that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them."


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"The language of friendship is not words but meanings."


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"The language of excitement is at best picturesque merely. You must be calm before you can utter oracles."


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"The finest workers in stone are not copper or steel tools but the gentle touches of air and water working at their leisure with a liberal allowance of time."


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"Those whom we can love we can hate to others we are indifferent."


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"The smallest seed of faith is better than the largest fruit of happiness."


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"I have thought there was some advantage even in death by which we mingle with the herd of common men."


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"Being is the great explainer."


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


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"The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend."


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"Men are born to succeed not to fail."


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"Aim above morality. Be not simply good be good for something."


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"To affect the quality of the day that is the highest of arts."


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"Thank God men cannot fly and lay waste the sky as well as the earth."


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"They can do without architecture who have no olives nor wines in the cellar."


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"There is always a present and extant life be it better or worse which all combine to uphold."


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"The Artist is he who detects and applies the law from observation of the works of Genius whether of man or Nature. The Artisan is he who merely applies the rules which others have detected."


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"To a philosopher all news as it is called is gossip and they who edit and read it are old women over their tea."


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


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"The man who goes alone can start today but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready."


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"There are certain pursuits which if not wholly poetic and true do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees for instance."


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"Our life is frittered away by detail... simplify simplify."


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"Nothing goes by luck in composition. It allows of no tricks. The best you can write will be the best you are."


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"Instead of noblemen let us have noble villages of men."


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"If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another then I say break the law."


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"If it is surely the means to the highest end we know can any work be humble or disgusting? Will it not rather be elevating as a ladder the means by which we are translated?"


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"There is no remedy for love but to love more."


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"Tis healthy to be sick sometimes."


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


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"We know but a few men a great many coats and breeches."


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"Ignorance and bungling with love are better than wisdom and skill without."


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"Dreams are the touchstones of our character."


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"Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself."


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"Pursue some path however narrow and crooked in which you can walk with love and reverence."


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


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"Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each others eyes for an instant?"


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"All men are children and of one family. The same tale sends them all to bed and wakes them in the morning."


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