"A pine cut down, a dead pine, is no more a pine than a dead human carcass is a man. Can he who has discovered only some of the values of whalebone and whale oil be said to have discovered the true use of the whale? Can he who slays the elephant for his ivory …
Kindness to children, love for children, goodness to children—these are the only investments that never fail. Henry David Thoreau
"A sad soul can kill you quicker, much quicker, than any germ." Henry David Thoreau
Life is short. Don't take your best parts to the grave.
"A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone." Walden, Henry David Thoreau 1854.
"I have a great deal of company in my house; especially in the morning, when nobody calls." Henry David Thoreau, Walden 1854. There is more to visiting than empty talk.
Books: “Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations. Books, the oldest and the best, stand naturally and rightfully on the shelves of every cottage. They have no cause of their own to plead, but while they enlighten and sustain the reader his common sense will not …
"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them." Henry David Thoreau, Walden. Build your dream, justify it later...
"It is never too late to give up your prejudices." Henry David Thoreau, Walden 1854.
“Take long walks in stormy weather or through deep snows in the fields and woods, if you would keep your spirits up. Deal with brute nature. Be cold and hungry and weary.” Henry David Thoreau, On the Duty of Civil Disobedience.