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Henry David Thoreau (born David Henry Thoreau; 1817 – 1862) was an American author, poet, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, historian, philosopher, and leading transcendentalist. He is best known for his book Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, and his essay, Civil Disobedience, an argument for individual resistance to civil government in moral opposition to an unjust state.

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  • None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.

  • Money is not required to buy one necessity of the soul.

  • I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.

  • Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is in prison.

  • Politics is the gizzard of society, full of grit and gravel, and the two political parties are its opposite halves - sometimes split into quarters - which grind on each other. Not only individuals but states have thus a confirmed dyspepsia.

  • If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. Men will believe what they see.

  • What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.

  • As if we could kill time without injuring eternity!

  • I am sorry to think that you do not get a man's most effective criticism until you provoke him. Severe truth is expressed with some bitterness.

  • It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.