An unclean person is universally a slothful one.

Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau

All men are children, and of one family. The same tale sends them all to bed, and wakes them in the morning.

As for doing good; that is one of the professions which is full. Moreover I have tried it fairly and, strange as it may seem, am satisfied that it does not agree with my constitution.

A man’s interest in a single bluebird is worth more than a complete but dry list of the fauna and flora of a town.

As in geology, so in social institutions, we may discover the causes of all past changes in the present invariable order of society.

As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.

Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.

As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.

Be not simply good – be good for something.

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.

Alas! how little does the memory of these human inhabitants enhance the beauty of the landscape!

All endeavor calls for the ability to tramp the last mile, shape the last plan, endure the last hours toil. The fight to the finish spirit is the one… characteristic we must posses if we are to face the future as finishers.

A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.

Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.

A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.

Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.

All this worldly wisdom was once the unamiable heresy of some wise man.

As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.

After the first blush of sin comes its indifference.

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

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