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Henry David Thoreau Quotes
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Most men lead lives of quiet desperation
and go to the grave with the song still in them.
- Henry David Thoreau

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

The lawyer's truth is not Truth,
but consistency or a consistent expediency.
- Henry David Thoreau

If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house
with the conscious design of doing me good,
I should run for my life.
- Henry David Thoreau


 

I think that there is nothing, not even crime,
more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself
than this incessant business.
- Henry David Thoreau

Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in.
- Henry David Thoreau

The savage in man is never quite eradicated.
- Henry David Thoreau


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

'Tis healthy to be sick sometimes.
- Henry David Thoreau

There is more of good nature than of good sense
at the bottom of most marriages.
- Henry David Thoreau

Beware of all enterprises that require a new set of clothes.
- Henry David Thoreau

Men have become the tools of their tools.
- Henry David Thoreau

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

It is an interesting question how far men
would retain their relative rank
if they were divested of their clothes.
- Henry David Thoreau

Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste
the sky as well as the earth.
- Henry David Thoreau

The rarest quality in an epitaph is truth.
- Henry David Thoreau

We are always paid for our suspicion by finding what we suspect.
- Henry David Thoreau

After the first blush of sin, comes its indifference.
- Henry David Thoreau

The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.
- Henry David Thoreau PHOTO

Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked,
in which you can walk with love and reverence.
- Henry David Thoreau PHOTO

The question is not what you look at, but what you see.
- Henry David Thoreau PHOTO

While civilization has been improving our houses,
it has not equally improved
the men who are to inhabit them.
It has created palaces, but it was
not so easy to create noblemen and kings.
- Henry David Thoreau

As for doing good; that is one of the professions which is full.
Moreover I have tried it fairly and, strange as it may seem,
am satisfied that it does not agree with my constitution.
- Henry David Thoreau

Could a greater miracle take place
than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?
- Henry David Thoreau PHOTO

Every generation laughs at the old fashions,
but follows religiously the new.
- Henry David Thoreau

Live your life, do your work, then take your hat.
- Henry David Thoreau

Nay, be a Columbus to whole new
continents and worlds within you,
opening new channels, not of trade, but of thought.
- Henry David Thoreau

Dreams are the touchstones of our character.
- Henry David Thoreau

Our life is frittered away by detail... simplify, simplify.
- Henry David Thoreau

I have a great deal of company in the house,
especially in the morning when nobody calls.
- Henry David Thoreau

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

Live the life you've dreamed.
- Henry David Thoreau

Make the most of your regrets;
never smother your sorrow,
but tend and cherish it till it comes to have
a separate and integral interest.
To regret deeply is to live afresh.
- Henry David Thoreau

Those whom we can love, we can hate;
to others we are indifferent.
- Henry David Thoreau

The squirrel that you kill in jest, dies in earnest.
- Henry David Thoreau

To a philosopher all news,
as it is called, is gossip,
and they who edit and read it
are old women over their tea.
- Henry David Thoreau

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.
Live the life you have imagined.
- Henry David Thoreau

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

I am sorry to think that you do not get a man's
most effective criticism until you provoke him.
Severe truth is expressed with some bitterness.
- Henry David Thoreau

Not until we are lost
do we begin to understand ourselves.
- Henry David Thoreau

This world is but a canvas to our imagination.
- Henry David Thoreau

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

Old deeds for old people, and new deeds for new.
- Henry David Thoreau

What old people say you cannot do,
you try and find that you can.
Old deeds for old people, and new deeds for new.
- Henry David Thoreau

Be a Columbus to whole new continents and worlds within you,
opening new channels, not of trade, but of thought.
- Henry David Thoreau

What is called genius is the
abundance of life and health.
- Henry David Thoreau

An unclean person is universally a slothful one.
- Henry David Thoreau

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.
- Henry David Thoreau

If misery loves company, misery has company enough.
- Henry David Thoreau

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

Generally speaking, a howling wilderness does not howl:
it is the imagination of the traveler that does the howling.
- Henry David Thoreau

The man who is dissatisfied with himself, what can he do?
- Henry David Thoreau

How could youths better learn to live
than by at once trying the experiment of living?
- Henry David Thoreau

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

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

Being is the great explainer.
- Henry David Thoreau

Nature and human life are as various
as our several constitutions.
Who shall say what prospect life offers to another?
- Henry David Thoreau

Where there is an observatory and a telescope,
we expect that any eyes will see new worlds at once.
- Henry David Thoreau

Goodness is the only investment that never fails.
- Henry David Thoreau

Only that day dawns to which we are awake.
- Henry David Thoreau

I love to be alone.
I never found the companion
that was so companionable as solitude.
- Henry David Thoreau

If a man constantly aspires is he not elevated?
- Henry David Thoreau

Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity;
so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.
- Henry David Thoreau

Justice is sweet and musical; but injustice is harsh and discordant.
- Henry David Thoreau

Do what nobody else can do for you.
Omit to do anything else.
- Henry David Thoreau

I say beware of all enterprises that require new clothes,
and not rather a new wearer of clothes.
- Henry David Thoreau

Truths and roses have thorns about them.
- Henry David Thoreau

When I hear music, I fear no danger.
I am invulnerable. I see no foe.
I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.
- Henry David Thoreau

Nature puts no question and answers none which we mortals ask.
She has long ago taken her resolution.
- Henry David Thoreau

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

Instead of noblemen,
let us have noble villages of men.
- Henry David Thoreau


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