1. "I should not talk about myself if there were anybody whom I knew so well." (p.2, ln.1)

2. "... they are employed... laying up treasures which moth and rust will corrupt and thieves break through and steal. It is a foolís life, as they will find when they get to the end of it, if not before." (p.3, ln.29)

3. " The finest qualities of our nature, like the bloom on fruits, can be preserved only by the most delicate handling. Yet we do not treat ourselves nor one another thus tenderly." (p.4, ln.21)

4. " What a man thinks of himself, that is which determines, or rather indicates his fate." (p.6, ln.5)

5. "What everybody echoes of in silence passes by as true today may turn out to be falsehood tomorrow..." (p.6, ln.29"

6. "But manís capacities have never been measured; nor are we to judge of what he can do by any precedents, so little has been tried." (p.8, ln.11)

7. "Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each otherís eyes for an instant?" (p.8, ln.25)

8. " No man ever stood the lower in my estimation for having a patch in his clothes; yet I am sure that there is greater anxiety, commonly to have


Learn from your own experiences. Know yourself.

Donít care about wealth if your soul is wealthy then you have enough.

Treat each other kindly and then youíll begin to see the best of human kind.

Be confident in yourself. Be able to love what you see in the mirror every morning. Then youíll go places.

Never take what people say as the truth. Make up your own mind about it.

Donít say you canít because no one ever has. You could always be the first.

Things change so drastically when you look at it from a different view. People donít see it enough.

Society often place emphasis on things that shouldnít always be emphasized.

Fashionable, or at least clean and unpatched clothes, than to have a sound conscience." p. 19, ln.17)

9. "... for he considers. Not what is truly respectable, but what is respected." (p. 19, ln.30)

10. "Every generation laughs a the old fashions, but follows religiously the new." (p. 23, ln.19)

11. "In the long run men hit only what they aim at. Therefore, though they should fail immediately, they had better aim at something high. (p. 24, ln.4)

12. " While civilization has been improving our houses, it has not equally improved the men who are to inhabit them." (p. 30, ln. 29)

13. " There is no odor so bad as that which arises from goodness tainted." (p. 69, ln.3)

14. "We should impart our courage, and not our despair, our health and ease, and not our disease, and take care that this does not spread by contagion." (p. 71, ln.29)

15. "If one may judge who rarely looks into the newspapers, nothing new does ever happen in foreign parts, a French Revolution not expected." (p.89, ln. 19)

16. "We are a race of tit-men, and soar but little higher in our intellectual flights than the columns of the daily paper." (p. 102, ln. 1)

Be a nonconformist. Look to what you know is the right thing, not the popular thing.

Learn from history. Know that whatís going on now isnít going to be hip forever.

Take out all the stops, even if you fail, youíll have accomplished something.

Perhaps in these many years of our existence we have truly inside not advanced that much.

It stinks when people hav egood intentions, but the result isnít good. We have to remember what their intentions were though. It lessens the smell.

A lot of times weíre in a negative mood and we give it off to people. We shouldnít do this, we should share with people the best part of ourselves, while not ignoring our faults.

Loads of stuff happens in foreign parts. A lot of it impacts us as well. Itís funny that Thoreau put this bit about the French Revolution and then later there was one. I wonder if he read the newspaper then.

Challenge your intellect. Be big.

17. "I do not wish to flatter my townsmen, nor to be flattered by them, for that will not advance either of us. We need to be provoked, goaded like oxen, as we are, into a trot." (p.102, ln.30)

18. "Follow