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Henry David Thoreau

1817-1862. American naturalist, poet and philosopher, author of "Walden" and "Civil Disobedience".

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This American government -- what is it but a tradition, though a recent one, endeavoring to transmit itself unimpaired to posterity, but each instant losing some of its integrity? It has not the vitality and force of a single living man; for a single man can bend it to his will.

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Live your life, do your work, then take your hat.

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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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I find it wholesome to be alone the greater part of time. To be in company, even with the best, is soon wearisome and dissipating. I love to be alone, I never found the companionable as solitude.

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Any fool can make a rule, and every fool will mind it.

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To him whose elastic and vigorous thought keeps pace with the sun, the day is a perpetual morning.

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Thought is the sculptor who can create the person you want to be.

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Only the traveling is good which reveals to me the value of home and enables me to enjoy it better.

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The savage in man is never quite eradicated.

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It is characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.

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