Quotes by Henry David Thoreau, Wednesday, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

Ignorance and bungling with love are better than wisdom and skill without.

Henry David Thoreau, Wednesday, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

Other Great Authors


Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men must, I think, have great sadness on Earth.

Feodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky

Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter.

John Keats

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Jesus

A good novel is an indivisible sum; every scene, sequence and passage of a good novel has to involve, contribute to and advance all three of its major attributes: theme, plot, characterization.

Ayn Rand, The Romantic Manifesto p. 74 pb 93

Funny how people despise platitudes, when they are usually the truest thing going. A thing has to be pretty true before it gets to be a platitude.

Katharine Fullerton Gerould

A tactical retreat is not a bad response to a surprise assault, you know. First you survive. Then you choose your own ground. Then you counterattack.

Lois McMaster Bujold »

Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them.

Samuel Butler »