(Edit – Good grief! My dyslexia showed up and I got the name of my favorite writer backwards.  Oh well, I have been accused of getting things backward all my life.  🙂 )

I have posted before about how one verse in Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden” changed my life.

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

Some interesting facts that speak to Thoreau moral sense:

After he graduated from Havard in 1837, he joined the faculty of Concord Academy, but he refused to administer corporal punishment and the school board soon dismissed him.

On July of 1846, Thoreau ran into the local tax collector, Sam Staples, who asked him to pay six years of delinquent poll taxes. Thoreau refused because of his opposition to the Mexican-American War. He spent a night in jail because of this refusal. (The next day Thoreau was freed, against his wishes, when his aunt paid his taxes.)

Here are some quotes for Thoreau.  Comment on any that you like.

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”

“What’s the use of a fine house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?”

“There is no remedy for love but to love more.”

“Truths and roses have thorns about them.”

“The smallest seed of faith is better than the largest fruit of happiness.”

“Money is not required to buy one necessity of the soul.”

“If… the machine of government… is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law.”

“There will never be a really free and enlightened State until the State comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are derived, and treats him accordingly”

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

“How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.”

“If you have built castles in the air. your work need not be lost.  There is where they should be.  Now put foundations under them.

“The true harvest of my life is intangible – a little star dust caught, a portion of the rainbow I have clutched.”

If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.”

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

“We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success.”

“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.”

“For an impenetrable shield, stand inside yourself”