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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: Henry David Thoreau (1817–62)
QUOTATION: If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.
ATTRIBUTION: HENRY DAVID THOREAU, Walden, chapter 18, p. 430 (1966). Originally published in 1854.
SUBJECTS: Individual