The Garden of Hesperides

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A Selection of Epigrams from Thoreau's Writings

  • Dreams are the touchstones of our character.

  • Silence is the communing of a conscious soul with itself.

  • The perception of beauty is a moral test.

  • It takes a man to make a room silent.

  • Only that day dawns to which we are awake.

  • As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.

  • If I am not I, who will be?

  • Public opinion is a weak tyrant compared with our own private opinion.

  • How trivial and uninteresting and wearisome and unsatisfactory are all employments for which men will pay you money!

  • The community has no bribe that will tempt a wise man.

  • Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it.

  • As a snow-drift is formed where there is a lull in the wind, so, one would say, where there is a lull of truth, an institution springs up.

  • To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.

  • He is the true artist whose life is his material.




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