None can be an impartial or wise observer of human life but from the vantage ground of what we should call voluntary poverty.
Henry David Thoreau
A man may acquire a taste for wine or brandy, and so lose his love for water, but should we not pity him.
The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.
It is remarkable how closely the history of the apple tree is connected with that of man.
Whatever sentence will bear to be read twice, we may be sure was thought twice.
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams Live the life you've imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.
I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.
The Indian...stands free and unconstrained in Nature, is her inhabitant and not her guest, and wears her easily and gracefully. But the civilized man has the habits of the house. His house is a prison.
The rarest quality in an epitaph is truth.
Even voting for the right is doing nothing for it. It is only expressing to men feebly your desire that it should prevail. A wise man will not leave the right to the mercy of chance, nor wish it to prevail through the power of the majority. There is but little virtue in the action of masses of men.
If a man constantly aspires is he not elevated.
He is blessed over all mortals who loses no moment of the passing life in remembering the past.
The unconsciousness of man is the consciousness of God.
This life is not for complaint, but for satisfaction
The man for whom law exists the man of forms, the Conservative, is a tame man.
Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison... the only house in a slave State in which a free man can abide with honor.
Is the babe young? When I behold it, it seems more venerable than the oldest man.
There is no more fatal blunderer than he who consumes the greater part of his life getting his living.
Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.
Politics is the gizzard of society, full of gut and gravel.
Men are probably nearer the central truth in their superstitions than in their science.
As if you could kill time without injuring eternity
I love to be alone. I never found the companion that is 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.
Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.
It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.
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.
I was not designed to be forced. I will breathe after my own fashion. Let us see who is the strongest.
A man cannot be said to succeed in this life who does not satisfy one friend.
All this worldly wisdom was once the unamiable heresy of some wise man.
Old deeds for old people, and new deeds for new.
Always you have to contend with the stupidity of men.
Every poet has trembled on the verge of science.
Read the best books first, or else you may not have a chance to read them at all.
There are now a days professors of philosophy but not philosophers.
Things do not change we change.
To a philosopher all news, as it is called, is gossip, and they who edit it and read it are old women over their tea.
Every man casts a shadow; not his body only, but his imperfectly mingled spirit. This is his grief. Let him turn which way he will, it falls opposite to the sun; short at noon, long at eve. Did you never see it?
Faith never makes a confession.
Not till we are lost, in other words not till we have lost the world, do we begin to find ourselves, and realize where we are and the infinite extent of our relations.