It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?
Henry David Thoreau
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Superfluous wealth can buy superfluities only. Money is not required to buy one necessary of the soul.
Wherever a man goes, men will pursue him and paw him with their dirty institutions, and, if they can, constrain him to belong to their desperate odd-fellow society.
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Revolutions have never lightened the burden of tyranny: they have only shifted it to another shoulder.
For what are the classics but the noblest thoughts of man? They are the only oracles which are not decayed, and there are such answers to the most modern inquiry in them as Delphi and Dodona never gave. We might as well omit to study Nature because she is old.
Welcome evermore to gods and men is the self-helping man. For him all doors are flung wide: him all tongues greet, all honors crown, all eyes follow with desire. Our love goes out to him and embraces him, because he did not need it. We solicitously and apologetically caress and celebrate him, because he held on his way and scorned our disapprobation. The gods loved him because men hated him.
Certainly the best works, and of greatest merit for the public, have proceeded from the unmarried, or childless men.