Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb-nail.
We should come home from adventures, and perils, and discoveries every day with new experience and character
A friend is one who takes me for what I am.
I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.
I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.
A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone.
Severe truth is expressed with some bitterness
Our circumstances answer to our expectations and the demand of our natures.
What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?
Water is the only drink for a wise man
The birds I heard today, which, fortunately, did not, within the scope of mind science, sang as freshly as if it had been the first morning of creation.
If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer; but if he spends his whole day as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making earth bald before her time, he is esteemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.
All good things are wild and free.
Talk of mysteries! Think of our life in nature ñ daily to be shown matter, to come in contact with it ñ rocks, trees, wind on our cheeks. The solid earth!
One farmer says to me, You cannot live on vegetable food solely, for it furnishes nothing to make the bones with; and so he religiously devotes a part of his day to supplying himself with the raw material of bones; walking all the while he talks behind his oxen, which, with vegetable-made bones, jerk him and his lumbering plow along in spite of every obstacle