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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
Henry David Thoreau. (1817–1862)
 
 
1
    My life is like a stroll upon the beach,
  As near the ocean’s edge as I can go.
          The Fisher’s Boy.
2
    I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.
          Solitude.
3
    Whate’er we leave to God, God does
      And blesses us.
          Inspiration.
4
    I hear beyond the range of sound,
  I see beyond the range of sight,
New earths and skies and seas around,
  And in my day the sun doth pale his light.
          Inspiration.
5
    She with one breath attunes the spheres,
  And also my poor human heart.
          Inspiration.
6
      Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.
          Walden.
7
      It is true, I never assisted the sun materially in his rising; but, doubt not, it was of the last importance only to be present at it. 1 
          Walden.
8
      For many years I was self-appointed inspector of snow-storms and rain-storms and did my duty faithfully.
          Walden.
 
Note 1.
Rostand: Chantecler. Hymn to the Sun, page 998. [back]
 

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