Literary Birthday - 12 July
Happy Birthday, Henry David Thoreau, born 12 July 1817, died 6 May 1862
- The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.
- Every poet has trembled on the verge of science.
- It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.
- There is no remedy for love, but to love more.
- A bore is someone who takes away my solitude and doesn’t give me companionship in return.
- How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.
- The youth gets together his materials to build a bridge to the moon, or, perchance, a palace or temple on the earth, and, at length, the middle-aged man concludes to build a woodshed with them.
- Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.
- What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.
- Nothing is so much to be feared as fear.
- It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.
- Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.
Thoreau was an American author, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, and historian. He is best known for his book Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings.
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