"It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right."
"An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law."Henry David Thoreau on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized."Henry David Thoreau on Albert Einstein
"Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized."Henry David Thoreau on Albert Einstein
"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery."Henry David Thoreau on Malcolm X
"If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem."Henry David Thoreau on Abraham Lincoln
"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."