Walden Quotes.

1. "There is an incessant influx of novelty into the world, and yet we tolerate incredible dulness. I need only suggest what kind of sermons are still listened to in the most enlightened countries. There are such words as joy and sorrow, but they are only the burden of a psalm, sung with a nasal twang, while we believe in the ordinary and mean."
- Henry David Thoreau, Walden

2. "Morning is when I'm awake, and there is dawn in me."
- Henry David Thoreau, Walden

3. "It is not all books that are as dull as their readers. There are probably words addressed to our condition exactly, which, if we could really hear and understand, would be more salutary than the morning or the spring to our lives, and possibly put a new aspect on the face of things for us. How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book."
- Henry David Thoreau, Walden

4. "So thoroughly and sincerely are we compelled to live, reverencing our life, and denying the possibility of change. This is the only way, we say; but there are as many ways as there can be drawn radii from one centre."
- Henry David Thoreau, Walden

5. "There are thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root."
- Henry David Thoreau, Walden

6. "Our life is frittered away by detail...Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say, let our affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand...Simplify, simplify!"
- Henry David Thoreau, Walden

7. "The virtues of a superior man are like the wind; the virtues of a common man are like the grass; the grass, when the wind passes over it, bends."
- Henry David Thoreau, Walden

8. "I want the flower and fruit of a man; that some fragrance be wafted over from him to me, and some ripeness flavor our intercourse."
- Henry David Thoreau, Walden

9. "We now no longer camp as for a night, but have settled down on earth and forgotten heaven"
- Henry David Thoreau, Walden

10. "While men believe in the infinite some ponds will be thought to be bottomless."
- Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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