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Henry David Thoreau

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Biography - Henry David Thoreau:

American essayist, poet and philosopher.
Born: 1817 - Died: 1862
Period:
19th century
Place of birth: United States
United States

While civilization has been improving our houses, it has not equally improved the men who are to inhabit them. It has created palaces, but it was not so easy to create noblemen and kings.




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Quotes for: king


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Quotes about king:


If I were not king, I should lose my temper.





A wise and prudent king knows how to make use of even the least of his subjects.





In the kingdom of the blind the one-eyed man is king.





To avoid covetousness is to conquer a kingdom.





What man is without fault, and what king without weakness?





Wise kings generally have wise counselors and he must be a wise man himself who is capable of distinguishing one.











Quotes for: progress


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Quotes for: progress


A great part of progress consists in the desire to make progress.





To progress, it is not enough to want to act, one must first know in which direction to act.





The reasonable man adapts himself to the world : the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.





World history is the progress of the consciousness of freedom.





Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation.





The real democratic progress is not to lower the level of the elite toward that of the crowd, but to raise that of the crowd toward the elite.











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Quotes for: Civilization


We civilizations now know ourselves mortal.





By the mere fact that he forms part of an organised crowd, a man descends several rungs in the ladder of civilisation.





Peace is the virtue of civilization. War is its crime.





Civilization began the first time an angry person cast a word instead of a rock.





At the root of our civilization, there is the freedom of each person of thought, of belief, of opinion, of work, of leisure.





Inability to accept the mystic experience is more than an intellectual handicap. Lack of awareness of the basic unity of organism and environment is a serious and dangerous hallucination. For in a civilization equipped with immense technological power, the sense of alienation between man and nature leads to the use of technology in a hostile spirit – to the ‚conquest‘ of nature instead of intelligent co-operation with nature.







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Henry David Thoreau also said...


It is never too late to give up our prejudices.





Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.





It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.





It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look, which morally we can do. To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.





Love must be as much a light as it is a flame.





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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