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The finest workers in stone

The finest workers in stone are not copper or steel tools, but the gentle touches of air and water working at their leisure with a liberal allowance of time.

– Henry David Thoreau

A broad margin of leisure

A broad margin of leisure is as beautiful in a man’s life as in a book. Haste makes waste, no less in life than in housekeeping. Keep the time, observe the hours of the universe, not of the cars.

– Henry David Thoreau

There are moments when all

There are moments when all anxiety and stated toil are becalmed in the infinite leisure and repose of nature.

– Henry David Thoreau

Justice is sweet and musical

Justice is sweet and musical; but injustice is harsh and discordant.

– Henry David Thoreau

Books are the treasured wealth

Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.

– Henry David Thoreau

Books are the treasured wealth

Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.

– Henry David Thoreau

The lawyer’s truth is not

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

– Henry David Thoreau

If we will be quiet

“If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.”

– Henry David Thoreau

Death is beautiful when seen

Death is beautiful when seen to be a law, and not an accident — It is as common as life.

– Henry David Thoreau

If a man walks in

If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.

– Henry David Thoreau

I frequently tramped eight or

I frequently tramped eight or ten miles through the deepest snow to keep an appointment with a beech-tree, or a yellow birch, or an old acquaintance among the pines.

– Henry David Thoreau

If a man walks in

If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.

– Henry David Thoreau

“Our statistics are at fault: the population has been returned too large. How many men are there to a square thousand miles in this country? Hardly one.”
– Henry David Thoreau

“If a plant cannot live according to its nature, it dies; and so a man.”
? Henry David Thoreau

What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.
– Henry David Thoreau

The language of friendship is not words but meanings.
– Henry David Thoreau

How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.
– Henry David Thoreau

I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.
– Henry David Thoreau

I have a great deal of company in the house, especially in the morning when nobody calls.
– Henry David Thoreau

I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.
– Henry David Thoreau