IdleHearts / Henry David Thoreau
All Good Things Are Wild And Free.
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams live the life you have imagined.
It is not what you look at that matters. It is what you see.
Never look back unless you are planning on going that way.
The light which puts out our eyes is darkness to us. Only that day dawns to which we are awake. There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star.
The law will never make a man free; it is men who have got to make the law free.
Thaw with her gentle persuasion is more powerful than Thor with his hammer. The one melts, the other breaks into pieces.
The Artist is he who detects and applies the law from observation of the works of Genius, whether of man or Nature. The Artisan is he who merely applies the rules which others have detected.
The bluebird carries the sky on his back.
The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.
The fibers of all things have their tension and are strained like the strings of an instrument.
Some are reputed sick and some are not. It often happens that the sicker man is the nurse to the sounder.
Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.
That government is best which governs least.
Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.
Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.
Old deeds for old people, and new deeds for new.
Only that day dawns to which we are awake.
Our houses are such unwieldy property that we are often imprisoned rather than housed by them.
Our life is frittered away by detail… simplify, simplify.
Our moments of inspiration are not lost though we have no particular poem to show for them; for those experiences have left an indelible impression, and we are ever and anon reminded of them.
Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.
No face which we can give to a matter will stead us so well at last as the truth. This alone wears well.
Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.
Nothing goes by luck in composition. It allows of no tricks. The best you can write will be the best you are.
Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes.