Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau

American writer and philosopher
A healthy man, with steady employment, as wood-chopping at fifty cents a cord, and a camp in the woods, will not be a good subjectfor Christianity. The New Testament may be a choice book to him on some, but not on all or most of his days. He will rather go a-fishing in his leisure hours. The Apostles, though they were fishers too, were of the solemn race of sea-fishers, and never trolled for pickerel on inland streams.More Henry David Thoreau quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I could not undertake to form a nucleus of an institution for the development of infant minds, where none already existed. It would be too cruel.More Henry David Thoreau quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Very few men can speak of Nature, for instance, with any truth. They overstep her modesty, somehow or other, and confer no favor.They do not speak a good word for her. Most cry better than they speak, and you can get more nature out of them by pinching than by addressing them. The surliness with which the woodchopper speaks of his woods, handling them as indifferently as his axe, is better than the mealy-mouthed enthusiasm of the lover of nature. Better that the primrose by the river's brim be a yellow primrose, and noMore Henry David Thoreau quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I put a piece of paper under my pillow, and when I could not sleep I wrote in the dark.More Henry David Thoreau quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
No man's thoughts are new, but the style of their expression is the never-failing novelty which cheers and refreshes men. If we were to answer the question, whether the mass of men, as we know them, talk as the standard authors and reviewers write, or rather as this man writes, we should say that he alone begins to write their language at all.More Henry David Thoreau quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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