Life and Death Quotations


But what is the use in trying to live simply, raising what you eat, making what you wear, building what you inhabit, burning what you cut or dig, when those to whom you are allied insanely want and will have a thousand other things which neither you nor they can raise and nobody else, perchance, will pay for?—Journal, 5 November 1855
Always there is life which, rightly lived, implies a divine satisfaction.—Journal, 14 November 1839
These earthly sounds should only die away for a season, as the strains of the harp rise and swell. Death is that expressive pause in the music of the blast.—Journal, 29 December 1841
You conquer fate by thought. If you think the fatal thought of men and institutions, you need never pull the trigger. The consequences of thinking inevitably follow.—Journal, 6 May 1858
Do not dissect a man till he is dead.—Journal, 14 September 1841
We are ever dying to one world and being born into another, and possibly no man knows whether he is at any time dead in the sense in which he affirms that phenomenon of another, or not.—Journal, June 1850
At death our friends and relations either draw nearer to us and are found out, or depart further from us and are forgotten. Friends are as often brought nearer together as separated by death.—Journal, 24 December 1850
We begin to die, not in our senses or extremities, but in out divine faculties. Our members may be sound, our sight and hearing perfect, but our genius and imagination betray sings of decay.—Journal, 27 January 1854
However mean your life is, meet it and live it; do not shun it and call it hard names.—Walden 
The life is not for complaint, but for satisfaction.—The Correspondence of Henry David Thoreau
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