Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau was an American writer and philosopher; born David Henry Thoreau
Found 344 thoughts of Henry David Thoreau

It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for law, so much as a respect for right.

Henry David Thoreau

Being is the great explainer.

Henry David Thoreau

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 have not lived.

Henry David Thoreau

Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes.

Henry David Thoreau

What is called resignation is confirmed desperation.

Henry David Thoreau

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.

Henry David Thoreau

A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.

Henry David Thoreau

I have lived some thirty years on this planet, and I have yet to hear the first syllable of valuable or even earnest advice from my seniors.

Henry David Thoreau

It takes two to speak truth, one to speak and another to hear.

Henry David Thoreau

It is characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.

Henry David Thoreau

What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.

Henry David Thoreau

It is the marriage of the soul with Nature that makes the intellect fruitful, and gives birth to imagination.

Henry David Thoreau

What is commonly called friendship is only a little more honor among rogues.

Henry David Thoreau

Friendship is never established as an understood relation. It is a miracle which requires constant proofs. It is an exercise of the purest imagination and of the rarest faith.

Henry David Thoreau

She sits composedly sentinel, with paws tucked under her, a good part of her days at present by some ridiculous little hole, the possible entry of a mouse.

Henry David Thoreau

How often we find ourselves turning our backs on our actual friends.

Henry David Thoreau

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.

Henry David Thoreau

In the long run, men hit only what they aim at. Therefore, they had better aim at something high.

Henry David Thoreau

Dreams are the touchstones of our character.

Henry David Thoreau

Sobriety, severity, and self-respect are the foundations of all true sociality.

Henry David Thoreau

True, there are architects so called in this country, and I have heard of one at least possessed with the idea of making architectural ornaments have a core of truth, a necessity, and hence a beauty, as if it were a revelation to him.

Henry David Thoreau

Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.

Henry David Thoreau

It is only when we forget all our learning that we begin to know.

Henry David Thoreau

I would give all the wealth of the world, and all the deeds of all the heroes, for one true vision.

Henry David Thoreau

Goodness is the only investment that never fails.

Henry David Thoreau
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