New England Renaissance Quotes

  1. “In
    the woods, too, a man casts off his years, as the snake his slough,
    and at what period soever of life is only a child. In the woods is
    perpetual youth.”
    Emerson "Nature"
  2. “In
    the woods, we return to faith and reason. There I feel that nothing
    can befall me in life—no disgrace, no calamity (leaving me my
    eyes), which nature cannot repair.”
    Emerson "Nature"
  3. “(In
    the woods), I become a transparent eyeball; I am nothing; I see all;
    the currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part
    or parcel of God.”
    Emerson "Nature"
  4. “The
    name of the nearest friend sounds then foreign and accidental: to be
    brothers, to be acquaintances, master or servant, is then a trifle
    and a disturbance.”
    Emerson "Nature"
  5. “Yet
    it is certain that the power to produce this delight (which is
    delight from nature), does not reside in nature, but in man, or in
    harmony of both.”
    Emerson "Nature"
  6. “Standing
    on the bare ground—my head bathed in blithe (carefree) air and
    uplifted into infinite space—all mean egotism vanishes.”
    Emerson "Nature"
  7. “For
    nature is not always tricked (dressed) in holiday attire, but the
    same scene which yesterday breathed perfume and glittered as for the
    frolic of the nymphs is overspread with melancholy today.”
    Emerson "Nature"
  8. “The
    government itself, which is the only mode which the people have
    chosen to execute their will, is equally liable to be abused and
    perverted before the people can act through it.”
    Thoreau "Civil Disobedience"
  9. “This
    American government—what is it but a tradition, though a recent
    one, endeavoring to transmit itself unimpaired to posterity, but each
    instant losing some of its integrity.”
    Thoreau "Civil Disobedience"
  10. “It
    is a sort of wooden gun to the people themselves: and, if ever they
    should use it in earnest as a real one against each other, it will
    surely split.”
    Thoreau "Civil Disobedience"
  11. “It
    does not keep the country free. It
    does not settle the west. It
    does not educate. The character inherent in the American people has
    done all that has been accomplished...”
    Thoreau "Civil Disobedience"
  12. “Let
    every man make known what kind of government would command his
    respect, and that will be one step toward obtaining it….”
    Thoreau "Civil Disobedience"
  13. “I
    heartily accept the motto, ‘That government is best which governs
    least’: and I should like to see it acted upon more rapidly and
    systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which I
    also believe: ‘That government is best which governs not at all.’”
    Thoreau "Civil Disobedience"
  14. “…no
    kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil
    bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till.”
    Emerson "Self-Reliance"
  15. “We
    but half express ourselves, and are ashamed of that divine idea which
    each of us represents.”
    Emerson "Self-Reliance"
  16. “Society
    everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its
    members. Society is a joint-stock company in which the members agree
    for the better securing of his bread to each shareholder, to
    surrender the liberty and culture of the eater. The
    virtue in most request is conformity. Self-reliance is its
    Emerson "Self-Reliance"
  17. “Whoso
    would be a man must be a nonconformist.”
    Emerson "Self-Reliance"
  18. “Speak
    what you think now in hard words and tomorrow speak what tomorrow
    thinks in hard words again, though it contradict everything you said
    Emerson "Self-Reliance"
  19. “Ah,
    so you shall be sure to be misunderstood?—is it so bad then to be
    misunderstood?...To be great is to be misunderstood.”
    Emerson "Self-Reliance"
  20. “There
    is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the
    conviction that envy is ignorance: that imitation is suicide…”
    Emerson "Self-Reliance"
  21. “I
    went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front
    only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what
    it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not
    Thoreau "Walden"
  22. “I
    wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so
    sturdy and Spartanlike as to put to rout all that was not life, to
    cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and
    reduce it to its lowest terms…”
    Thoreau "Walden"
  23. “Our
    life is frittered away by detail.”
    Thoreau "Walden"
  24. “Simplicity,
    simplicity, simplicity!”
    Thoreau "Walden"
  25. “We
    do not ride on the railroad; it rides upon us…”
    Thoreau "Walden"
  26. “If
    you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that
    is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them….”
    Thoreau "Walden"
  27. “If
    a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because
    he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears,
    however measured or far away…”
    Thoreau "Walden"
  28. “Cultivate
    poverty like a garden herb, like sage…Things do not change; we
    change. Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts.”
    Thoreau "Walden"
  29. “I
    read somewhere…how important it is in life not necessarily to be
    strong…but to feel
    Into the Wild
  30. “I’m
    going to paraphrase Thoreau here: ‘Rather
    than love, than money, than faith,
    than fairness…give me truth.’”
    Into the Wild
  31. “If
    we admit that human life can be ruled by reason, then all
    possibility of human life is destroyed.”
    Into the Wild
  32. “The
    core of mans’ spirit comes from new experiences.”
    Into the Wild
  33. “Mr.
    Franz, I think careers are a 20th
    century invention, and I don’t want one.”
    Into the Wild
  34. “You
    don’t need human relationships to be happy: God has placed it all
    around us.”
    Into the Wild
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