quote by Henry David Thoreau

Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.

— Henry David Thoreau

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Quiet desperation quote The planet does not need more "successful people". The planet desperately needs

The planet does not need more "successful people". The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lover of all kinds.

Boys, you must strive to find your own voice, because the longer you wait to begin the less likely you are to find it at all.

I do believe that most men live lives of quiet desperation.

For despair, optimism is the only practical solution. Hope is practical. Because eliminate that and it's pretty scary. Hope at least gives you the option of living.

Quiet desperation quote Silence is better than bullshit.

Silence is better than bullshit.

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.

What is called resignation is confirmed desperation.

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.

One solitary God-centered, God-intoxicated man can do more to keep God's love alive and His presence felt in the world than a thousand half-hearted, talkative busy men living frightened, fragmented lives of quiet desperation.

Quiet desperation quote Never assume that loud is strong and quiet is weak.

Never assume that loud is strong and quiet is weak.

Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English way.

Most men lead lives of quiet desperation. I can't take quiet desperation!

You... are now servants to the ear that needs quiet solace, and the eye that needs the consolation of beauty, servants to the mind that needs desperate repose or pointed inquiry, to the heart that needs invitation to flight or silent understanding, and to the soul that needs safe landing, or fearless, relentless enlightenment.

Quiet desperation quote A quiet mind is able to hear intuition over fear.

A quiet mind is able to hear intuition over fear.

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Every man, when he gets quiet, when he becomes desperately honest with himself, is capable of uttering profound truths. We all derive from the same source. There is no mystery about the origin of things. We are all part of creation, all kings, all poets, all musicians; we have only to open up, only to discover what is already there.

The gift of willingness is the only thing that stands between the quiet desperation of a disingenuous life and the actualization of unexpressed potential.

No way of thinking or doing, however ancient, can be trusted without proof.

Quiet desperation quote Never speak from a place of hate, jealousy, anger or insecurity. Evaluate your w

Never speak from a place of hate, jealousy, anger or insecurity. Evaluate your words before you let them leave your lips. Sometimes it's best to be quiet.

The worst curse to befall anyone is stagnation, a banal existence, the quiet desperation that comes out of a need for conformity.

A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind.

Somehow it is the male's duty to put the best years of his life into work he doesn't like in order that he may "retire" and enjoy himself as soon as he is too old to do so. This is more than just the system - it is the credo. It is the same thing that prompted Thoreau to say, in 1839: 'The majority of men lead lives of quiet desperation.'

Quiet desperation quote You are so brave and quiet I forget you are suffering.

You are so brave and quiet I forget you are suffering.

On Painting Rats, and the Glorification of Them.

They exist without permission. They are hated, hunted and persecuted. They live in quiet desperation amongst the filth. And yet they are capable of bringing entire civilizations to their knees. If you are dirty, insignificant, and unloved then rats are the ultimate role model.

My disease is one of the best things that has happened to me;

it has pulled me out of a quietly desperate life toward one full of love and hope.

Be still, and the world is bound to turn herself inside out to entertain you.

Everywhere you look, joyful noise is clanging to drown out quiet desperation.

Quiet desperation quote Quiet the mind, and the soul will speak.

Quiet the mind, and the soul will speak.

Everyman, when he gets quiet, when he becomes desperately honest with himself, is capable of uttering profound truths.

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.

What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats. A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind. There is no play in them, for this comes after work. But it is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.

There are thousands and thousands of people out there leading lives of quiet, screaming desperation, where they work long, hard hours at jobs they hate to enable them to buy things they don't need to impress people they don't like.

Quiet desperation quote Never miss a good chance to shut up.

Never miss a good chance to shut up.

I'm fortunate enough to get to make books for a living, so I spend my entire workday alone in my studio quietly doing my favorite thing in the world. When I need a break from that, it's usually because I'm desperate to see other human beings again!

People used to live lives of quiet desperation - now they go on talk shows!

You may well ask how I expect to assert my privacy by resorting to the outrageous publicity of being one's actual self on paper. There's a possibility of it working if one chooses the terms, to wit: outshouting image-gimmick America through a quietly desperate search for self.

Quiet desperation quote The planet does not need more successful people. The planet desperately needs mo

The planet does not need more successful people. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds.

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Human beings, as far as I can tell, seem to be divided into two subspecies -- the resigned, who live in quiet desperation, and the exhausted, who exist in restless agitation.

The vast majority of the people who populate our planet live lives of quiet desperation that are all too often quite harsh and painful, lives in which events and circumstances usually don't turn out the way they had hoped or planned.

Studies of people who report high well-being in their fifties and sixties indicate that they have lived lives that involved personal risks. They are not people whose lives have been calm and predictable. A life under tight control sometimes produces quiet desperation. High well-being is a life that has depth and quality. Risks, losses, problems, and tragedy add pain to a life. That pain becomes a teacher. We learn; the pain gives us no choice.

Quiet desperation quote In life you need either inspiration or desperation. <a href="https://www.cnbc.co

In life you need either inspiration or desperation. Find your inspiration

Men and women in all parts of the world have a desperate need to take time from their demanding routines of everyday life and to quietly observe God's miracles taking place all around them. Think of what would happen if all of us took time to look carefully at the wonders of nature that surround us and devoted ourselves to learning more about this world that God created for us!

Countries like ours are full of people who have all of the material comforts they desire, yet lead lives of quiet (and at times noisy) desperation, understanding nothing but the fact that there is a hole inside them and that however much food and drink they pour into it, however many motorcars and television sets they stuff it with, however many well-balanced children and loyal friends they parade around the edges of it. . . it aches!

The intellect of most men is barren. They neither fertilize or are fertilized. It is the marriage of the soul with nature that makes the intellect fruitful, that gives birth to imagination...without nature-awakened imagination most persons do not really live in the world, they merely pass through it as they live dull lives of quiet desperation.

Quiet desperation quote Even fools seem smart when they are quiet.

Even fools seem smart when they are quiet.

As lives go, I'll take the quietly desperate over the radically bipolar.

There was our father, the heart we knew held all of us.

Held us heavily and desperately, the doors of his heart opening and closing with the rapidity of stops on an instrument, the quiet felt closures, the ghostly fingering, practice and practice and then, incredibly, sound and melody and warmth.

And his eyes frighten me, too. They're the eyes of an old man, an old man who's seen so much in life that he no longer cares to go on living. They're not even desperate... just quiet and expectant, and very, very lonely, as if he were quite alone of his own free choice.

Everyday we slaughter our finest impulses.

That is why we get a heartache when we read the lines written by the hand of a master and recognize them as our own, as the tender shoots which we stifled because we lacked the faith to believe in our own powers, our own criterion of truth and beauty. Everyman, when he gets quiet, when he becomes desperately honest with himself, is capable of uttering profound truths.

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