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  • 111.
    To the sick, indeed, nature is sick, but to the well, a fountain of health.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Natural History of Massachusetts (1842), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 5, p. 104, Houghton Mifflin (1906).

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  • 112.
    A man had better starve at once than lose his innocence in the process of getting his bread.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Life Without Principle" (1863), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 4, p. 468, Houghton Mifflin (1906).

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  • 113.
    If one hesitates in his path, let him not proceed. Let him respect his doubts, for doubts, too, may have some divinity in them.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Letter, May 2, 1848, to Harrison Blake, in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 6, p. 167, Houghton Mifflin (1906).

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  • 114.
    For ourselves, we are too young for experience. Who is old enough?
    Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Paradise (To Be) Regained" (1843), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 4, p. 299, Houghton Mifflin (1906).
  • 115.
    Philosophy, having crept clinging to the rocks so far, puts out its feelers many ways in vain.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Thomas Carlyle and His Works" (1847), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 4, p. 349, Houghton Mifflin (1906).
  • 116.
    Even the elephant carries but a small trunk on his journeys. The perfection of traveling is to travel without baggage.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "A Yankee in Canada" (1853), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 5, p. 33, Houghton Mifflin (1906).

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  • 117.
    There is an orientalism in the most restless pioneer, and the farthest west is but the farthest east.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 157, Houghton Mifflin (1906).
  • 118.
    The finest qualities of our nature, like the bloom on fruits, can be preserved only by the most delicate handling. Yet we do not treat ourselves nor one another thus tenderly.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Walden (1854), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 2, p. 7, Houghton Mifflin (1906).

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  • 119.
    Everything may serve a lower as well as a higher use.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Chesuncook" (1858) in The Maine Woods (1864), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 3, p. 135, Houghton Mifflin (1906).
  • 120.
    Why look in the dark for light?
    Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 161, Houghton Mifflin (1906).

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