Opinion & Advice Quotations


Stuff a cold and starve a cold are but two ways. They are the two practices both always in full blast. Yet you must take advice of the one school as if there was no other.—A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers 
The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation.—Walden
The true student will cleave ever to the good, recognizing no Past, no Present; but wherever he emerges from the bosom of time, his course is not with the sun,—eastward or westward,—but ever towards the seashore.—Journal, 15 February 1838
There are few men who do not love better to give advise than to give assistance.—Journal, 4 June 1850
There are very few whose opinion I value.—Thoreau to George Augustus Thatcher, 26 December 1848
There is a stronger desire to be respectable to one's neighbors than to one's self.—Journal, 1845-1846
They, methinks, are poor stuff and creatures of a miserable fate who can be advised and persuaded in very important steps.—Journal, 27 December 1858
What is the value of his esteem who does not justly esteem another?—Journal, 15 February 1851
You may think this harsh advise, but, believe me, it is sincere.—Thoreau to Samuel Ripley Bartlett, 19 January 1860
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