It's the beauty within us that makes it possible for us to recognize the beauty around us. The question is not what you look at but what you see.— Henry David Thoreau
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I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately.
If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined...
The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.
Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.
be yourself- not your idea of what you think somebody else's idea of yourself should be.
What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.
The greatest tragedy in life is to spend your whole life fishing only to discover it was never fish that you were after.
How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.
As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.
You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.
It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.
There is no remedy for love, but to love more.
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.
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
It takes two to speak the truth: one to speak, and another to hear.
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.
Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.
I am a happy camper so I guess I’m doing something right.
Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.
Be not simply good; be good for something.
Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.
We should come home from adventures and perils and discoveries with new experiences and character.
Perfect sincerity and transparency make a great part of beauty, as in dewdrops, lakes, and diamonds.
Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.
Simplify your life. Don't waste the years struggling for things that are unimportant. Don't burden yourself with possessions. Keep your needs and wants simple and enjoy what you have. Don't destroy your peace of mind by looking back, worrying about the past. Live in the present. Simplify!
An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.
Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.
The language of friendship is not words but meanings.
Do not lose hold of your dreams or aspirations.
For if you do, you may still exist but you have ceased to live.
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.
Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.
Behave so the aroma of your actions may enhance the general sweetness of the atmosphere.
The law will never make men free, it is men that have to make the law free.
Our life is frittered away by detail... simplify, simplify.
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.
Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.
Books must be read as deliberately and reservedly as they were written.
Everyone must believe in something. I believe I'll go canoeing.
Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it.
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.
When we bring what is within out into the world, miracles happen.
All misfortune is but a stepping stone to fortune.
The devil finds work for idle hands.
Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent.
You must not blame me if I do talk to the clouds.
If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.
All voting is a sort of gaming, like checkers or backgammon, with a slight moral tinge to it, a playing with right and wrong.
Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.
Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes.
Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk.
The fire is the main comfort of the camp, whether in summer or winter, and is about as ample at one season as at another. It is as well for cheerfulness as for warmth and dryness.
Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.
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.
It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?