There is more of good nature than of good sense at the bottom of most marriages.

Essay on "Love" in letter, September 1852, to Harrison Blake
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More from Henry David Thoreau

He could not have been tried by a jury of his peers, because his peers did not exist.

"A Plea for Captain John Brown" (1859)

Any fool can make a rule
And every fool will mind it.

Journals, entry for Feb. 3, 1860

These beginnings of commerce on a lake in the wilderness are very interesting,-these larger white birds that come to keep company with the gulls.

"Chesuncook" (1858)

The poet will prevail to be popular in spite of his faults, and in spite of his beauties too. He will hit the nail on the head, and we shall not know the shape of his hammer. He makes us free of his hearth and heart, which is greater than to offer one the freedom of a city.

A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849)

I find it wholesome to be alone the greater part of the time. To be in company, even with the best, is soon wearisome and dissipating. I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.