Henry David Thoreau
Born July 12, 1817 | Died May 6, 1862
American author, poet, abolitionist (transcendentalist)
"Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something."
"Beware of all enterprises that require a new set of clothes."
"Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?"
"Do not worry if you have built your castles in the air. They are where they should be. Now put the foundations under them."
"Dreams are the touchstones of our character."
"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."
"I did not wish to take a cabin passage, but rather to go before the mast and on the deck of the world, for there I could best see the moonlight amid the mountains. I do not wish to go below now."
"I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude."
"If a man constantly aspires is he not elevated?"
"How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live."