Self Quotations


May I be to myself as one is to me whom I love, a dear and cherished object.—Journal, 18 July 1851
I love and worship myself with a love which absorbs my love for the world.—Journal, 18 July 1851
But some express themselves chiefly by their gait and carriage, with swelling breasts or elephantine roll and elevated brows, making themselves moving and adequate signs of themselves, having no other outlet.—Journal, 21 August 1852
Let me say to you and to myself in one breath: Cultivate the tree which you have found to bear fruit in your soil. Regard not your past failures nor successes. All the past is equally a failure and a success; it is success in as much as it offers you the present opportunity.—Journal, 1850
If I am not I, who will be?—Journal, 9 August 1841
Go not so far out of your way for a truer life; keep strictly onward in that path alone which your genius points out. Do the things which lie nearest to you, but which are difficult to do.—Journal, 12 January 1852
We can possibly get along with a neighbor, even with a bedfellow, whom we respect but very little; but as soon as it comes to this, that we do not respect ourselves, then we do not get along at all.—Letter to H. G. O. Blake, 10 April 1853
What a man thinks of himself, that it is which determines, or rather indicates, his fate.—Walden
Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence. Wherever a man separates from the multitude and goes his own way, there is a fork in the road, though the travelers along the highway see only a gap in the paling.—Journal, 18 October 1855
In most books, the I, of first person, is omitted; in this it will be retained; that, in respect to egotism, is the main difference.—Walden
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