Henry David Thoreau Quotes

Henry David Thoreau Quotes

 

1. “Live the life you’ve dreamed.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

2. “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

3. “If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

4. “Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

5. “Things do not change; we change.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

6. “Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

7. “You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

8. “Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.” – Henry David Thoreau

"Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around." – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

9. “Men are born to succeed, not to fail.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

10. “Begin where you are and such as you are, without aiming mainly to become of more worth, and with kindness aforethought, go about doing good.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

11. “It is what a man thinks of himself that really determines his fate.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

12. “The true price of anything you do is the amount of time you exchange for it.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

13. “Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

14. “What is once well done is done forever.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

15. “The man who is dissatisfied with himself, what can he do?” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

“16. It is never too late to give up our prejudices.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

17. “Dreams are the touchstones of our characters.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

18. “In the long run men only hit what they aim at. Therefore, though they should fail immediately, they had better aim at something high.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

19. “The heart is forever inexperienced.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

20. “Public opinion is a weak tyrant compared with our own private opinion.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

21.“Be yourself- not your idea of what you think somebody else’s idea of yourself should be.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

22. “Justice is sweet and musical; but injustice is harsh and discordant.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

23. “Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

24. “An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

25. “What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

26. “Books can only reveal us to ourselves, and as often as they do us this service we lay them aside.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

27. “Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

28. “Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

29. “Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

30. “What people say you cannot do, you try and find that you can.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

31. “The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

32. “We are born as innocents. We are polluted by advice.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

33. “It is the greatest of all advantages to enjoy no advantage at all.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

34. “The rich man is always sold to the institution which makes him rich.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

35. “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

36. “Every people have gods to suit their circumstances.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

37. “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 he hears, however measured or far away.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

38. “There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

39. “Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

40. “The civilized man is a more experienced and wiser savage.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

41. “Night is certainly more novel and less profane than day.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

42. “Goodness is the only investment that never fails.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

43. “I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

44. “We should impart our courage and not our despair.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

45. “Our life is frittered away by detail… simplify, simplify.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

46. “Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

47. “The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

48. “All men want, not something to do with, but something to do, or rather something to be.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

49. “True friendship can afford true knowledge. It does not depend on darkness and ignorance.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

50. “The language of Friendship is not words, but meanings.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

51. “Be not simply good – be good for something.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

52. “How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

53. “I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

54. “Readers are plentiful; thinkers are rare.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

55. “There is no remedy for love but to love more.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

56. “There is no odor so bad as that which arises from goodness tainted.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

57. “Goodness is the only investment that never fails.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

58. “That government is best which governs least.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

59. “As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

60. “Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

61. “The perception of beauty is a moral test.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

62. “None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

63. “Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

64. “A gun will give you the body, not the bird.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

65. “Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

66. “What is called genius is the abundance of life and health.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

67. “Read not the Times, read the Eternities.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

68. “We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

69. “There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

70. “That man is rich whose pleasures are the cheapest.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

71. “This whole earth in which we inhabit is but a point is space.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

72. “It appears to be a law that you cannot have a deep sympathy with both man and nature.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

73. “The smallest seed of faith is better than the largest fruit of happiness.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

74. “Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

75. “The savage in man is never quite eradicated.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

76. “The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

77. “If a man is alive, there is always danger that he may die, though the danger must be allowed to be less in proportion as he is dead-and-alive to begin with. A man sits as many risks as he runs.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

78. “Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

79. “To be awake is to be alive. I have never yet met a man who was quite awake.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

80. “Truths and roses have thorns about them.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

81. “A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

82. “It is usually the imagination that is wounded first, rather than the heart; it being much more sensitive.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

83. “All this worldly wisdom was once the unamiable heresy of some wise man.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

84. “He enjoys true leisure who has time to improve his soul’s estate.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

85. “There is one consolation in being sick; and that is the possibility that you may recover to a better state than you were ever in before.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

86. “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

87. “If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

88. “I did not wish to take a cabin passage, but rather to go before the mast and on the deck of the world, for there I could best see the moonlight amid the mountains. I do not wish to go below now.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

89. “Only that day dawns to which we are awake.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

90. “The only sin in the world is ignorance.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

91. “It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

92. “There are nowadays professors of philosophy, but not philosophers.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

93. “For an impenetrable shield, stand inside yourself.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

94. “Ignorance and bungling with love are better than wisdom and skill without.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

95. “What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

96. “What is once well done is done forever.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

97. “Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so. Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

98. “Not all who wander are lost.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

99. “I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartanlike as to put to rout all that was not life.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

100. “Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you. But if you turn you attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

101. “…for my greatest skill has been to want but little.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

102. “If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. But do not care to convince him. Men will believe what they see. Let them see.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

103. “If an injustice requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law. Let your life be a counter-friction to stop the government machine.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

104. “The church is a sort of hospital for men’s souls and as full of quackery as the hospital for their bodies.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

105. “The law will never make a man free; it is men who have got to make the law free.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

106. “Say what you have to say, not what you ought. Any truth is better than make-believe.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

107. “To have done anything just for money is to have been truly idle.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

108. “Men have become the tools of their tools.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

109. “A sky without clouds is a meadow without flowers, a sea without sails.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

110. “Thaw with her gentle persuasion is more powerful than Thor with his hammer. The one melts, the other breaks into pieces.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

111. “Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other’s eyes for an instant.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

112. “I have no doubt that it is part of the destiny of the human race in it’s gradual improvement, to leave off eating animals.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

113. “Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

114. “Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

115. “We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aid, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

116. “Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

117. “Wildness is the preservation of the World.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

118. “This world is but canvas to our imaginations.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

119. “There will never be a really free and enlightened State until the State comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are derived, and treats him accordingly.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

120. “I make myself rich by making my wants few.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

121. “It is best to avoid the beginnings of evil.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

122. “Not till we are completely lost or turned around…do we begin to find ourselves.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

123. “The universe is wider than our views of it.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

124. “All good things are wild and free.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

125. “The question is not what you look at, but what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

126. “The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

127. “Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

128. “Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

129. “Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

130. “If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

131. “Books must be read as deliberately and reservedly as they were written.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

132. “Great men, unknown to their generation, have their fame among the great who have preceded them, and all true worldly fame subsides from their high estimate beyond the stars.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

133. “Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

134. “In human intercourse the tragedy begins, not when there is misunderstanding about words, but when silence is not understood.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

135. “If a man constantly aspires is he not elevated?” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

136. “If a plant cannot live according to its nature, it dies; and so a man.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

137. “I was not born to be forced. I will breathe after my own fashion. Let us see who is the strongest.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

138. “Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

139. “How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book.” – Henry David Thoreau

 

 

140. “Hey who have been bred in the school of politics fail now and always to face the facts.” – Henry David Thoreau 

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