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    Henry David Thoreau
    “The path of least resistance leads to crooked rivers and crooked men.”
    Henry David Thoreau

  • #2
    Henry David Thoreau
    “Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it.”
    Henry David Thoreau

  • #3
    Henry David Thoreau
    “As to conforming outwardly and living your own life inwardly, I do not think much of that.”
    Henry David Thoreau

  • #4
    Henry David Thoreau
    “I find it wholesome to be alone the greater part of the time. To be in company, even with the best, is soon wearisome and dissipating. I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.”
    Henry David Thoreau, Walden

  • #5
    Henry David Thoreau
    “In the morning I bathe my intellect in the stupendous and cosmogonal philosophy of the Bhagvat Geeta, since whose composition years of the gods have elapsed, and in comparison with which our modern world and its literature seem puny and trivial; and I doubt if that philosophy is not to be referred to a previous state of existence, so remote is its sublimity from our conceptions. I lay down the book and go to my well for water, and lo! there I meet the servant of the Bramin, priest of Brahma and Vishnu and Indra, who still sits in his temple on the Ganges reading the Vedas, or dwells at the root of a tree with his crust and water jug. I meet his servant come to draw water for his master, and our buckets as it were grate together in the same well. The pure Walden water is mingled with the sacred water of the Ganges.”
    Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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    Henry David Thoreau
    “I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.”
    Henry David Thoreau

  • #7
    Oscar Wilde
    “Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.”
    Oscar Wilde

  • #8
    If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use
    “If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”
    Oscar Wilde

  • #9
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “For nonconformity the world will whip you with its displeasure.”
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • #10
    “It is better to remain silent at the risk of being thought a fool, than to talk and remove all doubt of it.”
    Maurice Switzer

  • #11
    Henry James
    “Things are always different than what they might be...If you wait for them to change, you will never do anything.”
    Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady

  • #12
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    “The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.”
    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • #13
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”
    Friedrich Nietzsche

  • #14
    Friedrich Nietzsche
    “Without music, life would be a mistake.”
    Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols

  • #15
    Colette
    “There are days when solitude is a heady wine that intoxicates you with freedom, others when it is a bitter tonic, and still others when it is a poison that makes you beat your head against the wall.”
    Colette, Oeuvres complètes en seize volumes

  • #16
    Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
    “Madness is only a variety of mental nonconformity and we are all individualists here.”
    Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Cross Creek

  • #17
    “Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.”
    Narcotics Anonymous

  • #18
    “I prefer winter and fall, when you can feel the bone structure in the landscape---the lonliness of it---the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it---the whole story dosen't show.”
    Andrew Wyeth

  • #19
    Charles J. Sykes
    “Be nice to nerds. You may end up working for them. We all could.”
    Charles J. Sykes, Dumbing Down Our Kids: Why American Children Feel Good About Themselves But Can't Read, Write or Add

  • #20
    Markus Herz
    “Be careful about reading health books. Some fine day you'll die of a misprint.”
    Markus Herz

  • #21
    Charlotte Brontë
    “I had not intended to love him; the reader knows I had wrought hard to extirpate from my soul the germs of love there detected; and now, at the first renewed view of him, they spontaneously revived, great and strong! He made me love him without looking at me.”
    Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

  • #22
    Charlotte Brontë
    “If all the world hated you and believed you wicked, while your own conscience approved of you and absolved you from guilt, you would not be without friends.”
    Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

  • #23
    There is no happiness like that of being loved by your fellow creatures, and feeling
    “There is no happiness like that of being loved by your fellow creatures, and feeling that your presence is an addition to their comfort.”
    Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

  • #24
    Nisargadatta Maharaj
    “It is always the false that makes you suffer, the false desires and fears, the false values and ideas, the false relationships between people. Abandon the false and you are free of pain; truth makes happy, truth liberates.”
    Nisargadatta Maharaj

  • #25
    Thomas Paine
    “To argue with a man who has renounced the use and authority of reason, and whose philosophy consists in holding humanity in contempt, is like administering medicine to the dead, or endeavoring to convert an atheist by scripture.”
    Thomas Paine, The American Crisis

  • #26
    Victor Hugo
    “There is a determined though unseen bravery that defends itself foot by foot in the darkness against the fatal invasions of necessity and dishonesty. Noble and mysterious triumphs that no eye sees, and no fame rewards, and no flourish of triumph salutes. Life, misfortunes, isolation, abandonment, poverty, are battlefields that have their heroes; obscure heroes, sometimes greater than the illustrious heroes.”
    Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

  • #27
    Eric Hoffer
    “Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength.”
    Eric Hoffer, The Passionate State of Mind: And Other Aphorisms

  • #28
    Tennessee Williams
    “Maggie, we're through with lies and liars in this house. Lock the door.”
    Tennessee Williams, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
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  • #29
    Thornton Wilder
    “Never support two weaknesses at the same time. It's your combination sinners - your lecherous liars and your miserly drunkards - who dishonor the vices and bring them into bad repute.”
    Thornton Wilder

  • #30
    Anaïs Nin
    “Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don't know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings.”
    Anaïs Nin



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