Faith & Spirit Quotations


I have faith that the man who redeemed some acres of land the past summer redeemed also some parts of his character.—Journal, 1 March 1852
I love Nature partly because she is not man, but a retreat from him. None of his institutions control or pervade her. There a different kind of right prevails. In her midst I can be glad with an entire gladness. if this world were all man, I could not stretch myself, I should lose all hope. He is constraint, she is freedom to me. He makes me wish for another world. She makes me content with this.—Journal, 3 January 1853
I rise into a diviner atmosphere, in which simply to exist and breathe is a triumph, and my thoughts inevitably tend toward the grand and infinite, as aeronauts report that there is ever an upper current hereabouts which sets toward the ocean. If they rise high enough they go out to sea, and behold the vessels seemingly in mid-air like themselves. It is as if I were serenaded, and the highest and truest compliments were paid me. The universe gives me three cheers.—Journal, 13 July 1857
I suppose that what in other men is religion is in me love of nature.—Journal, 30 October 1842
If a man do not revive with nature in the spring, how shall he revive when a white-collared priest prays for him?—Journal, 20 March 1858
In a pleasant spring morning all men's sins are forgiven.—Walden 
In short, I am convinced, both by faith and experience, that to maintain one’s self on this earth is not a hardship but a pastime, if we will live simply and wisely; as the pursuits of the simpler nations are still the sports of the more artificial. It is not necessary that a man should earn his living by the sweat of his brow, unless he sweats more easier than I do.—Walden
Is not the attitude of expectation somewhat divine?—a sort of home-made divineness?—Thoreau to H.G.O. Blake, 28 May 1850
It is necessary not to be Christian, to appreciate the beauty and significance of the life of Christ.—A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers 
It is the faith with which we take medicine that cures us.—Journal, 27 June 1852
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