The Garden of Hesperides
Philosophy, Wisdom, Wit, and Advice -- all in one line
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.