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The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life, which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.

Henry David Thoreau

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Trapped in Spectacle

Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.

Henry David Thoreau

A birds is no small thing.

I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment, while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance that I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn.

Henry David Thoreau

Don’t cheat yourself

Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.

Henry David Thoreau

Are we avoiding ourselves?

As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.

Henry David Thoreau

Clash of Cultures

Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than this incessant business.

Henry David Thoreau

We Want Your Soul

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

Henry David Thoreau