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Henry Thoreau: Launch Yourself

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“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.”

“It is only when we forget all our learning that we begin to know.”

“Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.”

“It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?”

“Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.”

“Do what you love. Know your own bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw it still.”

“As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.”

“What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.”

“Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.”

“It is what a man thinks of himself that really determines his fate.”

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”

“An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.”

“There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself.”

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

“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.”

“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.”

All quotes by Henry David Thoreau

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