1817-1862. American naturalist, poet and philosopher, author of "Walden" and "Civil Disobedience".
Our truest life is when we are in our dreams awake.
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In the long run you hit only what you aim at. Therefore, though you should fail immediately, you had better aim at something high.
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A minority is powerless while it conforms to the majority; it is not even a minority then; but it is irresistible when it clogs by its whole weight.
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The way by which you may get money almost without exception leads downward.
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Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.
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Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.
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It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for law, so much as a respect for right.
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We need only travel enough to give our intellects an airing.
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The boy gathers materials for a temple, and then when he is thirty, concludes to build a woodshed.
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Our moments of inspiration are not lost though we have no particular poem to show for them; for those experiences have left an indelible impression, and we are ever and anon reminded of them.
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