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Don't be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so.

Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.
Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.
There is no remedy for love than to love more.
Love must be as much a light, as it is a flame.
The boy gathers materials for a temple, and then when he is thirty, concludes to build a woodshed.
Our moments of inspiration are not lost though we have no particular poem to show for them; for those experiences have left an indelible impression, and we are ever and anon reminded of them.
Money is not required to buy one necessity of the soul.
It is usually the imagination that is wounded first, rather than the heart; it being much more sensitive.
To have done anything just for money is to have been truly idle.
That government is best which governs least.
In the long run you hit only what you aim at. Therefore, though you should fail immediately, you had better aim at something high.
None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm
The youth gets together his materials to build a bridge to the moon, or, perchance, a palace or temple on the earth, and, at length, the middle-aged man concludes to build a woodshed with them.
I suppose you think that persons who are as old as your father and myself are always thinking about very grave things, but I know that we are meditating the same old themes that we did when we were ten years old, only we go more gravely about it.
True friendship can afford true knowledge. It does not depend on darkness and ignorance.
Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.
If a man constantly aspires is he not elevated?
The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.
Faith keeps many doubts in her pay. If I could not doubt, I should not believe.
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.
Our truest life is when we are in our dreams awake.
For many years I was a self-appointed inspector of snowstorms and rainstorms and did my duty faithfully, though I never received payment for it.
You must not blame me if I do talk to the clouds.
The heart is forever inexperienced.
In eternity there is indeed something true and sublime. But all these times and places and occasions are now and here. God himself culminates in the present moment and will never be more divine in the lapse of the ages. Time is but a stream I go a-fishing in. I drink at it, but when I drink I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is. Its thin current slides away but eternity remains.
My facts shall be falsehoods to the common sense. I would so state facts that they shall be significant, shall be myths or mythologies. Facts which the mind perceived, thoughts which the body thought -- with these I deal.
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 lived. I did not wish to live what was not life... I wanted to live so sturdily and so Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life... to drive life into a corner to know it by experience and be able to give an account of it in my next excursion.

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