If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law.
Henry David Thoreau
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself.
Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.
True friendship can afford true knowledge. It does not depend on darkness and ignorance.
The smallest seed of faith is better than the largest fruit of happiness.
If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.
There are moments when all anxiety and stated toil are becalmed in the infinite leisure and repose of nature.
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