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Henry David Thoreau

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

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How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book! The book exists for us, perchance, that will explain our miracles and reveal new ones. The at present unutterable things we may find somewhere uttered.

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To read well, that is, to read true books in a true spirit, is a noble exercise, and one that will task the reader more than any other exercise which the customs of the day esteem. It requires a training such as the athletes underwent, the steady intention almost of the whole life to this object.

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Books must be read as deliberately and reservedly as they were written.

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I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.

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None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm

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If I repent of anything, it is very likely to be my good behavior.

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I have a great deal of company in my house; especially in the morning, when nobody calls.

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The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked what I thought, and attended to my answer.

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If we were left solely to the wordy wit of legislators in Congress for our guidance, uncorrected by the seasonal experience and the effectual complaints of the people, America would not long retain her rank among the nations.

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There is no rule more invariable than that we are paid for our suspicions by finding what we suspect.

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