Henry David Thoreau (Writer)

#6243 Henry David Thoreau

I am a parcel of vain strivings tied By abond together, Dangling this way and that, their links Were made so loose and wide, Methinks, For milder weather. .

Henry David Thoreau Quotes about think
#6244 Henry David Thoreau

But now I see I was not plucked for naught, And after in life's vase Of glass set while I might survive, But by a kind hand brought Alive To a strange place. .

Henry David Thoreau Quotes about life
#6245 Henry David Thoreau

Talk of mysteries! — Think of our life in nature, — daily to be shown matter, to come in contact with it, — rocks, trees, wind on our cheeks! .

Henry David Thoreau Quotes about life
#6246 Henry David Thoreau

Great , I ask thee for no meaner pelf Than that I may not disappoint myself, That in my action I may soar as high As I can now discern with this clear eye. .

Henry David Thoreau Quotes about action
#6247 Henry David Thoreau

MyI'd fain cast off, I cannot read, 'Twixt every page my thoughts go stray at large Down in the meadow, where is richer feed, And will not mind to hit their proper targe. .

Henry David Thoreau Quotes about mind
#6248 Henry David Thoreau

Here while I lie beneath this walnut bough, What care I for the Greeks or for Troy town, If juster battles are enacted now Between the ants upon this hummock's crown? .

Henry David Thoreau Quotes about lie
#6249 Henry David Thoreau

Talk of mysteries! — Think of ourin , — daily to be shown matter, to come in contact with it, — rocks, trees, wind on our cheeks! The solid earth! the actual ! the common ! Contact! Contact! Who are we? where are we? .

Henry David Thoreau Quotes about art
#6250 Henry David Thoreau

It is not enough to be industrious; so are the ants. What are you industrious about? .

Henry David Thoreau Quotes about you
#6251 Henry David Thoreau

Thewill never make men ; it is men who have got to make the law free. .

Henry David Thoreau Quotes about men
#6252 Henry David Thoreau

Theof the country does not depend on how you vote at the polls — the worst man is as strong as the best at that game; it does not depend on what kind of paper you drop into the ballot-box once a year, but on what kind of man you drop from your chamber into the street every morning. .

Henry David Thoreau Quotes about man
#6254 Henry David Thoreau

If a man believes and expects great things of himself, it makes no odds where you put him, or what you show him ... he will be surrounded by grandeur. .

Henry David Thoreau Quotes about self
#6255 Henry David Thoreau

Let me suggest a theme for you: to state to yourself precisely and completely what that walk over the mountains amounted to for you, — returning to this essay again and again, until you are satisfied that all that was important in your experience is in it. Give this good reason to yourself for having gone over the mountains, for mankind is ever going over a mountain. Don't suppose that you can tell it precisely the first dozen times you try, but at 'em again, especially when, after a sufficient pause, you suspect that you are touching the heart or summit of the matter, reiterate your blows there, and account for the mountain to yourself. Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short. .

Henry David Thoreau Quotes about time
#6256 Henry David Thoreau

Men and boys are learning all kinds of trades but how to make men of themselves. They learn to make houses; but they are not so well housed, they are not so contented in their houses, as the woodchucks in their holes. What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on? — If you cannot tolerate the planet that it is on? Grade the ground first. If a man believes and expects great things of himself, it makes no odds where you put him, or what you show him ... he will be surrounded by grandeur. He is in the condition of a healthy and hungry man, who says to himself, — How sweet this crust is! .

Henry David Thoreau Quotes about men
#6257 Henry David Thoreau

You ask particularly after my . I suppose that I have not many months to live; but, of course, I know nothing about it. I may add that I am enjoying existence as much as ever, and regret nothing. .

Henry David Thoreau Quotes about art
#6258 Henry David Thoreau

My life is like a stroll upon the beach, As near the ocean's edge as I can go. .

Henry David Thoreau Quotes about life
#6259 Henry David Thoreau

Whate'er we leave to , God does And blesses us. .

Henry David Thoreau Quotes about hate
#6260 Henry David Thoreau

I hear beyond the range of sound, I see beyond the range of sight, New earths and skies and seas around, And in my day the sun doth pale his light. .

Henry David Thoreau Quotes about art
#6261 Henry David Thoreau

She with one breath attunes the spheres, And also my poor human heart. .

Henry David Thoreau Quotes about art
#6262 Henry David Thoreau

The life that I aspire to live No man proposeth me— No trade upon the street Wears its emblazonry. .

Henry David Thoreau Quotes about life
#6263 Henry David Thoreau

Agives you the body, not the . .

Henry David Thoreau Quotes about body
#6264 Henry David Thoreau

To listen with one ear to each summer sound, to behold with one eye each summer scene, our visual rays so to meet and mingle with the object as to be one bent and doubled... .

Henry David Thoreau Quotes about summer
#6265 Henry David Thoreau

, ,— those celestial thrins, Continually are born; e'en now the , With thousand throats, and eke with greener smiles, Itsconfesses at their recent . .

Henry David Thoreau Quotes about smile
#6266 Henry David Thoreau

Sphere Music — Some sounds seem to reverberate along the plain, and then settle to earth again like dust; such are Noise, Discord, Jargon. But such only as spring heavenward, and I may catch from steeples and hilltops in their upward course, which are the more refined parts of the former, are the true sphere music — pure, unmixed music — in which no wail mingles. .

Henry David Thoreau Quotes about war
#6267 Henry David Thoreau

Thatwe appreciate is as much ours as another's. We see so much only as we possess. .

Henry David Thoreau
#6268 Henry David Thoreau

You might as well think to go in pursuit of the , and embrace it on the next hill, as to embrace the whole ofeven in . .

Henry David Thoreau Quotes about think
#6270 Henry David Thoreau

— No definition of poetry is adequate unless it be poetry itself. The most accurate analysis by the rarest wisdom is yet insufficient, and the poet will instantly prove it false by setting aside its requisitions. It is indeed all that we do not know. The poet does not need to see how meadows are something else than earth, grass, and water, but how they are thus much. He does not need discover that potato blows are as beautiful as violets, as the farmer thinks, but only how good potato blows are. The poem is drawn out from under the feet of the poet, his whole weight has rested on this ground. It has a logic more severe than the 's. You might as well think to go in pursuit of the , and embrace it on the next hill, as to embrace the whole of poetry even in . .

Henry David Thoreau Quotes about wisdom
#6271 Henry David Thoreau

had a clear eye for the commonest things. Hiswas only an enlarged . He adverts with chaste severity to all natural facts. His sublimity is Greek sincerity and simpleness, naked wonder whichhad not helped to explain... Whatever the common eye sees at all and expresses as best it may, he sees uncommonly and describes with rare completeness. The multitude that thronged the theatre could no doubt go along with him to the end... The social condition of genius is the same in all ages. Aeschylus was undoubtedly alone and without sympathy in his simple reverence for the mystery of the universe. .

Henry David Thoreau Quotes about mystery
#6272 Henry David Thoreau

On the death of a friend, we should consider that the fates through confidence have devolved on us the task of a double living, that we have henceforth to fulfill the promise of our friend's life also, in our own, to the world. .

Henry David Thoreau Quotes about life
#6273 Henry David Thoreau

An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day. .

Henry David Thoreau Quotes about sin
#6274 Henry David Thoreau

Our life revolves unceasingly, but the centre is ever the same, and the wise will regard only the seasons of the soul. .

Henry David Thoreau Quotes about life

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