A familiar name cannot make a man less strange to me.—Journal, 21 May 1851
A Friend is one who incessantly pays us the compliment of expecting from us all the virtues, and who can appreciate them in us.—A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers
A lady once offered me a mat, but as I had no room to spare within the house, nor time to spare within or without to shake it, I declined it, preferring to wipe my feet on the sod before my door. It is best to avoid the beginnings of evil.—Walden
A man does best when he is most himself.—Journal, 21 January 1852
A man is not to be measured by the virtue of his described actions or the wisdom of his expressed thoughts merely, but by that free character he is, and is felt to be, under all circumstances.—"Sir Walter Raleigh"
A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.—Walden
A man may use as simple a diet as the animals, and yet retain health and strength.—Walden
A man sits as many risks as he runs.—Walden
Again and again I congratulate myself on my so-called poverty. I was almost disappointed yesterday to find thirty dollars in my desk which I did not know that I possessed, though now I should be sorry to lose it.—Journal, 8 February 1857
Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.—Thoreau to H.G.O. Blake, 27 March 1848
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