"There are old heads in the world who cannot help me by their example or advice to live worthily and satisfactorily to myself but I believe that it is in my power to elevate myself this very hour above the common level of my life."
"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."Henry David Thoreau on Abraham Lincoln
"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't."Henry David Thoreau on Margaret Thatcher
"Knowledge will give you power, but character respect."Henry David Thoreau on Bruce Lee
"All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth."Henry David Thoreau on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Character is power."Henry David Thoreau on Booker T. Washington
"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."