[W]hen I hear the iron horse make the hills echo with his snort like thunder, shaking the earth with his feet, and breathing fire and smoke from his nostrils (what kind of winged horse or fiery dragon they will put into the new Mythology I don't know), it seems as if the earth had got a race now worthy to inhabit it. — WaldenWalden
When my eye ranges over some 30 miles of this globe's surface,—an eminence—green and waving with sky and mountains to bound it,—I am richer than Croesus. — Journal, 12 May 1850—Journal, 12 May 1850
When the common man looks into the sky, which he has not so much profaned, he thinks it less gross than the earth, and with reverence speaks of “the Heavens,” but the seer will in the same sense speak of “the Earths,” and his Father who is in them. — WaldenWalden
When you travel to the celestial city, carry no letter of introduction. When you knock ask to see God—none of the servants. — Thoreau to H.G.O. Blake, 27 March 1848—Thoreau to H.G.O. Blake, 27 March 1848
Who could believe in prophecies of Daniel or of Miller that the world would end this summer while one Milk-weed with faith matured its seeds! — Journal, 24 September 1851—Journal, 24 September 1851
With all your science can you tell how it is and whence it is that light comes into the soul? — Journal, 16 July 1851—Journal, 16 July 1851
You might say of a philosopher that he was in this world as a spectator.—Journal, 31 October 1850
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