Henry David Thoreau Quotes

Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me the truth.

The path of least resistance leads to crooked rivers and crooked men.

A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone.

Friends… they cherish one another’s hoped. They are kind to one another’s dreams.

The language of Friendship is not words, but meanings.

Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself.

All men want, not something to do with, but something to do, or rather something to be.

The universe is wider than our views of it.

Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.

I have an immense appetite for solitude, like an infant for sleep, and if I don’t get enough for this year, I shall cry all the next.

If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.

It is not enough to be industrious; so are the ants. What are you industrious about?

Things do not change; we change.

Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.

Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.

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

There is no remedy for love but to love more.

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.

Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.

What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?

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

Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other’s eyes for an instant?

The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.

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.

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

Every generation laughs at the old fashions but follows religiously the new.

Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.

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.

Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.

This world is but a canvas to our imaginations.

All good things are wild and free.

An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately…

Only that day dawns to which we are awake. There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star.

Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.

It is never too late to give up your prejudices.

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.

It is not worth the while to let our imperfections disturb us always.

Dreams are the touchstones of our characters.

How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book.

The question is not what you look at, but what you see.

The most I can do for my friend is simply to be his friend.

How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.

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