THOUGHTS & OPINIONS Quotations

 

What is the value of his esteem who does not justly esteem another?—Journal, 15 February 1851
Whatever book or sentence will bear to be read twice, we may be sure was thought twice.—Journal, 18 March 1842
When we are shocked at vice we express a lingering sympathy with it. Dry rot, rust, and mildew shock no man, for none is subject to them.—Journal, 22 June 1840
While he was thinking one thing in his brain, I was endeavoring to divine his thought in mine.—Walden
While my friend was my friend he flattered me, and I never heard the truth from him, but when he became my enemy he shot it to me on a poisoned arrow.—Journal, after 11 September 1849
While we float here, far from that tributary stream on whose banks our Friends and kindred dwell, our thoughts, like the stars, come out of their horizon still; for there circulates a finer blood than Lavoisier has discovered the laws of,—the blood, not of kindred merely, but of kindness, whose pulse still beats at any distance and forever.—A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers
With thinking we may be beside ourselves in a sane sense. By a conscious effort of the mind we can stand aloof from actions and their consequences; and all things, good and bad, go by us like a torrent.—Walden
Yet I doubt not through the ages one increasing purpose runs, And the thoughts of men are widened with the process of the Suns.—A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers
You may think this harsh advise, but, believe me, it is sincere.—Thoreau to Samuel Ripley Bartlett, 19 January 1860
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