To a philosopher all news, as it is called, is gossip, an they who edit and read it are old women over their tea.
Henry David Thoreau
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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.
It seems to me that the god that is commonly worshipped in civilized countries is not at all divine, though he bears a divine name, but is the overwhelming authority and respectability of mankind combined. Men reverence one another, not yet God.
The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.
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A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words, and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said to-day. — `Ah, so you shall be sure to be misunderstood.’ — Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.
There be three things which make a nation great and prosperous: a fertile soil, busy workshops, easy conveyance for men and goods from place to place.
We must have infinite faith in each other. If we have not, we must never let it leak out that we have not.
Time will bring to light whatever is hidden; it will cover up and conceal what is now shining in splendor.
Flow with whatever may happen, and let your mind be free: Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate.