What a man thinks of himself, that it is which determines, or rather indicates, his fate. —Walden
"To say that a man is your Friend means commonly no more than this, that he is not your enemy."
—A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers
I have an immense appetite for solitude.
— Thoreau to Daniel Ricketson, 9 September 1857
It is remarkable how easily and insensibly we fall into a particular route, and make a beaten track for ourselves. — Walden
It is the greatest of all advantages to enjoy no advantage at all.
—Journal, 5 December 1856
Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?
Every incident is a parable of the great teacher.
— Journal, 18 April 1852
I have a room all to myself; it is nature.
— Journal, 3 January 1853
It takes a man of genius to travel in his own country, in his native village; to make any progress between his door and his gate. —Journal, 6 August 1851
I believe in the forest, and in the meadow, and in the night in which the corn grows.