I Was Not Born To Be Forced. I Will Breathe After My Own Fashion.
I was not born to be forced. I will breathe after my own fashion. ... If a
plant cannot live according to its nature, it dies; and so a man.
-- Henry David Thoreau
I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude. -- Henry David Thoreau
I have always been regretting that I was not as wise as the day I was born.
-- Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)...
I came into this world, not chiefly to make this a good place to live in, but to live in it, be it good or bad.
-- Henry David Thoreau...
Nature abhors a vacuum, and if I can only walk with sufficient carelessness I am sure to be filled.
Henry David Thoreau...
To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle though
or even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity, and trust....
It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful
but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look, which morally we can do....
I have learned this at least by my experiment: if one advances confidently in the direction of his dream
and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours....
If I repent of any thing, it is very likely to be my good behavior. -- Henry David Thoreau
Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in. -- Henry David Thoreau