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Henry David Thoreau quotes

American essayist, poet and philosopher,1817-1862


The perception of beauty is a moral test.

 

True, there are architects so called in this country, and I have heard of one at least possessed with the idea of making architectural ornaments have a core of truth, a necessity, and hence a beauty, as if it were a revelation to him.

 

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.

 

The lawyer's truth is not Truth, but consistency or a consistent expediency.

 

The law will never make men free, it is men that have to make the law free.

 

The language of friendship is not words but meanings.

 

The laboring man has not leisure for a true integrity day by day.

 

The greater part of what my neighbors call good I believe in my soul to be bad, and if I repent of anything, it is very likely to be my good behavior.

 

I have three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for company.

 

The pleasure we feel in music springs from the obedience which is in it.

 


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