Behave so the aroma of your actions may enhance the general sweetness of the atmosphere.
Henry David Thoreau
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How does it become a man to behave towards the American government today? I answer, that he cannot without disgrace be associated with it.
I suppose you think that persons who are as old as your father and myself are always thinking about very grave things, but I know that we are meditating the same old themes that we did when we were ten years old, only we go more gravely about it.
The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats. A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind. There is no play in them, for this comes after work. But it is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.
To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts. Every man is tasked to make his life, even in its details, worthy of the contemplation of his most elevated and critical hour.
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Despite the enormous quantity of books, how few people read! And if one reads profitably, one would realize how much stupid stuff the vulgar herd is content to swallow every day.
Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.
You’ll never get anywhere if you go about what-iffing like that. Would Columbus have discovered America if he’d said What if I sink on the way over? What if I meet pirates? What if I never come back?’ He wouldn’t even have started.
I have found it to be the most serious objection to coarse labors long continued, that they compelled me to eat and drink coarsely also.
You have to accept whatever comes, and the only important thing is that you meet it with the best you have to give.