"If I knew ... that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life." - Henry David Thoreau

"He is the best sailor who can steer within fewest points of the wind, and exact a motive power out of the greatest obstacles." - Henry David Thoreau

"I have received no more than one or two letters in my life that were worth the postage." - Henry David Thoreau

"Politics is the gizzard of society, full of gut and gravel." - Henry David Thoreau

"For many years I was self-appointed inspector of snowstorms and rain-storms and did my duty faithfully." - Henry David Thoreau

"It is life near the bone, where it is sweetest." - Henry David Thoreau

"Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it." - Henry David Thoreau

"You cannot receive a shock unless you have an electric affinity for that which shocks you." - Henry David Thoreau

"The finest workers in stone are not copper or steel tools, but the gentle touches of air and water working at their leisure with a liberal allowance of time." - Henry David Thoreau

"We are always paid for our suspicion by finding what we suspect." - Henry David Thoreau

"When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest." - Henry David Thoreau

"The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation." - Henry David Thoreau

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