"How does it become a man to behave towards the American government today? I answer, that he cannot without disgrace be associated with it."
"A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circlue of our felicities."Henry David Thoreau on Thomas Jefferson
"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."Henry David Thoreau on Winston Churchill
"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country."Henry David Thoreau on Thomas Jefferson
"Government is not reason it is not eloquent it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master."Henry David Thoreau on George Washington
"Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil in its worst state, an intolerable one."Henry David Thoreau on Thomas Paine
"None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm."
"I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude."
"I have never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude. We are for the most part more lonely when we go abroad among men than when we stay in our chambers. A man thinking or working is always alone, let him be where he will."
"A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone."
"The man who goes alone can start today but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready."