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51 Best Quotes by Henry David Thoreau

Inspiring Henry David Thoreau Quotes

Henry David Thoreau was an American poet, author, essayist, naturalist, abolitionist, tax resister, surveyor, historian, development critic as well as practical philosopher. He was author of the book Walden and a New England Transcendentalist. Here are some of his famous quotes.

Henry David Thoreau Quotes

  1. “The universe is wider than our views of it.” – Henry David Thoreau
  2. “I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that 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
  3. “You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.” – Henry David Thoreau
  4. “Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.” – Henry David Thoreau
  5. “What’s the use of a fine house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?” – Henry David Thoreau
  6. “How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.” – Henry David Thoreau
  7. “There is no remedy for love but to love more.” – Henry David Thoreau
  8. “The smallest seed of faith is better than the largest fruit of happiness.” – Henry David Thoreau
  9. “Do not lose hold of your dreams or asprirations. For if you do, you may still exist but you have ceased to live.” – Henry David Thoreau
  10. “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
  11. “It is what a man thinks of himself that really determines his fate.” – Henry David Thoreau
  12. “Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.” – Henry David Thoreau
  13. “Truths and roses have thorns about them.” – Henry David Thoreau
  14. “All good things are wild and free.” – Henry David Thoreau
  15. “The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend.” – Henry David Thoreau
  16. “Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes.” – Henry David Thoreau
  17. “Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other’s eyes for an instant?” – Henry David Thoreau
  18. “I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.”
  19. “This world is but a canvas to our imaginations.” – Henry David Thoreau
  20. “Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.” – Henry David Thoreau
  21. “Be not simply good; be good for something.” – Henry David Thoreau
  22. “Not till we are completely lost or turned around…do we begin to find ourselves.” – Henry David Thoreau
  23. “As if you could kill time without injuring eternity” – Henry David Thoreau
  24. “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation.” – Henry David Thoreau
  25. “If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost. There is where they should be. Now put foundations under them.” – Henry David Thoreau
  26. “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
  27. “The heart is forever inexperienced.” – Henry David Thoreau
  28. “Things do not change; we change.” – Henry David Thoreau
  29. “In human intercourse the tragedy begins, not when there is misunderstanding about words, but when silence is not understood.” – Henry David Thoreau
  30. “If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.” – Henry David Thoreau
  31. “True friendship can afford true knowledge. It does not depend on darkness and ignorance.” – Henry David Thoreau
  32. “The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.” – Henry David Thoreau
  33. “It is only when we forget all our learning that we begin to know.” – Henry David Thoreau
  34. “All men want, not something to do with, but something to do, or rather something to be.” – Henry David Thoreau
  35. “The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.” – Henry David Thoreau
  36. “A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone.” – Henry David Thoreau
  37. “Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.” – Henry David Thoreau
  38. “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.” – Henry David Thoreau
  39. “Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it.” – Henry David Thoreau
  40. “It is not enough to be industrious; so are the ants. What are you industrious about?” – Henry David Thoreau
  41. “Live the life you’ve dreamed” – Henry David Thoreau
  42. “The question is not what you look at, but what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau
  43. “I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.” – Henry David Thoreau
  44. “Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.” – Henry David Thoreau
  45. “In wilderness is the preservation of the world.” – Henry David Thoreau
  46. “Those whom we can love, we can hate; to others we are indifferent.” – Henry David Thoreau
  47. “If you can speak what you will never hear, if you can write what you will never read, you have done rare things” – Henry David Thoreau
  48. “’Tis healthy to be sick sometimes.” – Henry David Thoreau
  49. “I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.” – Henry David Thoreau
  50. “Sweep away the clutter of things that complicate our lives.” – Henry David Thoreau
  51. “If a man does not keep pace with his companion, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.” – Henry David Thoreau

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