From my copied pages of Thoreau quotes from Walden and A Week, here are a few favorites, omitting the most famous:
The luxury of one class is counterbalanced by the indigence of another.
Shall we always study to obtain more of these things, and not sometimes to be content with less?
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.
We meet at very short intervals, not having had time to acquire any new value for each other. . . . We live thick and are in each other's way, and stumble over one another, and I think that we thus lose some respect for one another.
Not till we are lost, in other words not till we have lost the world, do we begin to find ourselves, and realize where we are and the infinite extent of our relations.
Nor need we trouble ourselves to speculate how the human race may be at last destroyed. It would be easy to cut their threads any time with a little sharper blast from the north.
Poor shad! Where is thy redress? . . . I for one am with thee, and who knows what avail a crowbar against that Billerica dam?
The shallowest still water is unfathomable.